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The Newsletter of Lasell College 

Spring 2007 


in this issue 


Message from the President 


New Corporators 


The de Witt Years 


The Alexanders 


Connected Learning 


Campus Update 


Class Notes 


Annual Fund 


Alumni Relations 


Major Gifts 



Commencement Speaker 

Former Lieutenant Governor 

Evelyn Murphy 

Message From the President 

Former Lieutenant 
Governor Evelyn 
Murphy — the 
first woman in 
Massachusetts state 
history to hold 
statewide office — 
will be the speaker 
and honorary degree 
recipient at Lasell's Commencement 
Ceremony, Sunday, May 20, 2007. Dr. Murphy 
is the co-author of the book, "Getting Even," 
an eye-opening, sober look at the continuing 
struggle for women to get equal wages. 


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Dear Alumni and Friends of Lasell, 

It is finally beginning to sink in. A few 
weeks from now, Lasell, after 19 years of 
rich experiences, will no longer be part 
of my daily life. This last edition of the 
Leaves during my presidency affords 
me one more opportunity to reminisce, 
to reflect on the challenges and rewards 
of the job, and most importantly to 
thank you for your faith in and support 
of this special college. I could write a 
piece on transitions — that no one is 
ever quite ready for departure, no mat- 
ter the intensity of the preparation — 
but I will leave that for my post-Lasell 
life, for this issue is as much about 
the future as it is about the past and 
features an extensive interview with 
president-elect Michael Alexander. You 
will have already received the annual 
report, "The Legacy of Leadership," in 
which Chairman Erik Stapper got the 

last word.' Now it is my turn. I am 
grateful to him and all who have been 
so generous with their praise, but as 
Michael no doubt already knows or will 
quickly appreciate, at Lasell it takes the 
dedicated work of an entire community 
to be successful. 

If I were pressed to describe in brief 
the essence of Lasell's long and at times 
turbulent history, it would be the com- 
mitment to — and periodic absence of 
— innovation. Our logo with the rays 
of the sun bursting forth, bespeaks a 
proud heritage: "Innovative Education 
Since 1851." However, whenever the 
community felt too secure about its 
present and future, it began to falter. 
At its peril, the institution ignored 
fundamental shifts in higher education, 
particularly when similar colleges began 
to offer baccalaureate degrees in the 
1960s and '70s. But when we remained 

President Thomas E.J. de Witt. 

faithful to our entrepreneurial legacy by 
taking prudent risks (not pure gambles), 
we prospered. It is this renewed spirit of 

continued on page 2 

Fulfilling a Destiny 

Michael B. Alexander Answers the 
Call as Lasell's Ninth President 

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Michael B. Alexander. 

IVIichael B. Alexander believes in des- 
tiny. He's not sure what it looks like, but 
he knows how it feels. Destiny has been 
gently stirring the air around him since 

LASELL's Search Process — 
A Conversation with Search 
Chair Eric Turner page 6 

early childhood, propelling him steadily 
toward the dream he is now living. 

Despite a successful career that has 
been decidedly nontraditional to the 
world of academia — in business, enter- 
tainment and technology — Michael 
confesses to having a particular bias for 
higher education. And, he admits, he's 
always imagined himself growing up to 
be president — not of a country, but of 
a college. 

The real story behind the recent 
announcement of Michael Alexander's 
appointment as Lasell's 9th president is 
simple — dare to dream. 

"I know it sounds odd to want to grow 
up to be a college president," he laughs 
softly, "but it's true. I have held an aspi- 
ration to lead an institution of higher 
education all my life; I've just taken a 
number of detours along the way to get 
there." Michael says he's glad that the 
indirect route he's taken has provided 
him with the background and experi- 
ence necessary to take on the challenge 
of helming Lasell. 

"When I became one of the four final- 
ists for the presidency, and particularly 
after I saw who the other three finalists 
were, I felt I didn't have much of a 
chance. I know how it works. I've been 
on search committees. I've been on 
boards that hired people." On the face 
of it, he knew that some might make 
the judgment that "I'm someone with- 
out a terminal degree who runs a movie 
company. That's a lot to overcome 

continued on page 4 

Message from the President 

Message From the President 

continued from page 1 

innovation that I consider my personal 
legacy. The early years produced lots of 
angst as we feared for our very survival, 
but they also became the crucible for 
new ideas and breathtaking leaps of 
faith. What college other than Lasell 
would risk half of its meager $3 million 
endowment to pursue a dream of 
redefining aging — and thereby create 
a new educational market? No women's 
college before Lasell, to my knowledge, 
boldly embraced co-education at a 
moment when its survival was not 
actually threatened. The spectacular 
growth of the institution — in bricks 
and mortar, more and stronger 
students, and a richer intellectual 

experience provided by a larger and 
highly qualified faculty — is a direct 
result of that timely decision. 

So, is Lasell secure? Yes, and no. It is 
financially and academically strong 
enough to survive in the super-heated 
competitive New England region. ..and 
weak enough to fail if it abandons its 
market-focused commitment to contin- 
uous program development. Its $20+ 
million endowment is sufficient to 
underwrite some further risk-taking, 
but inadequate to create any sense of 
complacency. In whatever direction 
President Alexander and the Board of 
Trustees take Lasell, I am confident the 

college will look significantly different 
19 years from now. It will require 
respectful debate about the future, 
empowerment of the talented profes- 
sionals on campus and a commitment 
to consensus leadership. The election of 
Michael Alexander, a non-traditional 
candidate with an extraordinary record 
of accomplishment matched only by his 
bold dreams for Lasell, is the best guar- 
antee that this institution will continue 
to thrive. 


It remains for me to thank all of you 

again for your faith in me, and to 
remind you of the important role you 
have played in Lasell's renaissance. 

If this college was able to raise in excess 
of $40 million under the leadership of 
a "non-fundraising" president, imagine 
what you can do in the future! 




Thomas E.J. de Witt, Ph.D. 

Two Trustees Emeriti Elected 

Lasell Says Farewell to President de Witt 

Lasell College is pleased to announce 
the election of two Trustees Emeriti. 



^^ Nancy Lawson 

Donahue '49 has a 

long history of 
involvement with 
and support of Lasell 
College. She graduat- 
ed as a retailing 
major and after mov- 
ing to Lowell, MA with her husband, 
Richard, she became an active volunteer 
leader and fundraiser for many Lowell 
area organizations — while raising their 
11 children. 

Nancy co-founded the Merrimack 
Repertory Theater 28 years ago and 
still serves as Chairman of the Board. 
She has given her time to a long list 
of non-profits, including the United 
Fund of the Merrimack Valley and the 
Whistler House Museum of Art. She 
was a trustee of Lawrence Academy and 
is currently Director of the Enterprise 
Bank of Lowell. 

At Lasell, Nancy has been a strong and 
thoughtful leader during a period of 
rapid change. She served on the Mission 
Committee charged with studying the 
merits of co-education, served as Vice 
Chair of the Board of Trustees, was a key 
volunteer for the Lasell 150 Campaign, 
and has led by example with her philan- 
thropy to the College. 

Because of Nancy's foresight and gen- 
erosity, in 1999 the Donahue Institute 
for Values and Public Life was estab- 
lished. Since its inception it has focused 
on the concepts of civic responsibility 
and has created opportunities for stu- 
dents to learn and practice the skills of 
civic participation. 


Lasell has been the 
fortunate recipient of 
Richard S. Holway's 

strong leadership 
talents. He joined 
the Board of Trustees 
in 1984, served as 
Board Chairman 
from 1992 to 1997, and was Treasurer 
from 1985 to 1991. His sage advice and 
support were critical during the 
College's shift to co-education and to 
the creation of the Village. 

At the 2001 Commencement he was 
awarded an honorary doctor of humane 
letters degree for his service to the 
College. "Ever supportive, critical, and 
questioning, Dick was the textbook 
leader," says President Tom de Witt. 
"He made me a better president than 
I thought I could be." 

Lasell was pleased to honor the philan- 
thropy of Dick and his wife Jeannine, 
and the memory of one of the College's 
early alumnae, with the naming of the 
Ella Elllis Holway Child Study Centers 
in 1997. Dick's grandmother, Ella 
Ellis Holway, graduated from Lasell 
in 1881 and taught elementary school 
in Sandwich, MA. 

Dick was Senior Vice President and 
Director of the investment counseling 
firm Loomis, Sayles and Company, retir- 
ing after 32 years, but he still managed 
to find time for other affiliations. He 
has been active in a number of busi- 
nesses, professional and community 
organizations, including the Boston 
Security Analysts Federation, the 
Financial Analysts Federation, and 
has served as a trustee of the Newton- 
Wellesley Hospital. "W 

Since so many members of the Lasell community want 
to say a personal and appreciative farewell to President 
Tom de Witt, a number of separate events have been 
planned to honor him. They include: 

Lasell Student Celebration 

Tuesday, April 24, 4 - 6 p.m. 
2nd level, Campus Center 

An event for the entire student body, including student leaders, 
SGA; Resident Assistants; club and organization presidents; 
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; team captains; Honors students. 

Lasell Village Celebration 

Thursday, April 26 in the afternoon 

Residents and staff of the Village will join together to show President 
de Witt their appreciation for the vision he demonstrated in creating 
the now renowned living and learning retirement community on the 
College's campus. 

Lasell Alumni Celebration 

Saturday, May 19, 4 - 5 p.m. (during Reunion Weekend) 
Campus Center "A Sweet Farewell" Ice Cream Social 

Lasell Faculty - Staff Farewell Barbecue 

Tuesday, May 22, 12 noon - 2 p.m. 

Trustees/Overseers/Honored Guests Farewell Celebration 

Monday, June 25 - 5:30 - 8 p.m. 
Brennan Library, Glow Lounge 

2 Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2007 

The de Witt Years 1988-2007 



Thomas E. J. de Witt elected eighth president of 
Lasell Junior College 


College receives record 
applications as a coed institution 



First Connected Learning Symposium Week to show- 
case student work 


43 juniors enroll 
in the first 
baccalaureate class 
in September 1990 


Trustees approve construction of an athletic facility, 
the first new building in 25 years 

4 4 / worried at first about what it would be like for 
our young children to grow up in what I imagined 
would be the "fishbowl" of a president's house, but 
it turned out to be a wonderful place for them and 

me because we 
got to form spe- 
cial relationships 
with so many 
people here, 
from those who 
work in mainte- 
nance and food service, to students, faculty and 
especially Tom's senior staff, but also alumnae and 
trustees, and even guests from abroad. We have 
been enriched by all the ways in which Lasell has 
truly become our family over these 79 years. • • 

— Margaret Ward 


The trustees endorse Lasell 750: A Celebration of 
Lasell's Sesquicentennial, the College's first major 
capital campaign with a target of $10,000,000 


Lasell Village opens in May with all units sold within 
six months, a national record 




I Mi = h 


Lasell 750 
Campaign raises 
more than 
$18 million 


Construction on Holt Hall begins 

Grants are received from 
the George I. Alden 
Trust and the Davis 
Educational Foundation 
to support technology 
infrastructure and 
faculty development 


Alternative Spring Break takes President de Witt 
and nine students to Florida to work with Habitat 
for Humanity 


Neighborhood relations improve, leading to the 
construction of the 148-bed Rockwell Hall, the 
largest residential facility in the College's history 

Spring 2007 

Lasell Leaves \ 

Lasell Welcomes the Alexanders 

Fulfilling a Destiny 

continued from page i 

"/ Believe" 

To read Michael Alexander's "I Believe" speech 
that he gave to the all-College forum, go online to 

On safari in Africa are (L to R) Michael, Mary Barbara, and Maggie Alexander. 

despite the fact that I do have a strong 
educational background and that I knew 
I would always be good at this job. So, I 
gave it my best shot and tried to be who 
I am." 

He impressed everyone he met with his 
energy, zeal and his unconventionally 
personal approach. At a packed, all-col- 
lege meeting in de Witt Hall, Michael 
introduced himself with a rousing 
"I believe" speech (see inset above) that, 
to quote several who experienced it, 
"really rocked." 

When the call came from Board 
Chairman Erik Stapper and Search 
Committee Chair Eric Turner to let 
Michael know he was their unanimous 
choice, Michael says, "I was stunned 
and excited. I knew I could match, if not 
exceed, expectations. And I'm grateful 
for the opportunity." 

A favorite photo of grandfather W. Boyd 
Alexander taken by Michael. 

The impetus of Michael's lifelong 
dream of a college presidency was 
the grandfather he loved and yearned 
to emulate. 

W. Boyd Alexander was the vice presi- 
dent and dean of the faculty at Antioch 

College. "I was very close to my grand- 
father and grew up admiring him," 
Michael says, and understandably so. 

Grandfather Alexander was a luminary 
in higher education. Credited with hav- 
ing "guided five Antioch presidents... 
more than doubling enrollment.. .and... 
raising endowment 25-fold," Time 
Magazine (July, 1963), referred to him 
as Antioch' s "hidden president" for near- 
ly three decades. One of the designers 
and key implementers of the first 
cooperative education program in the 
United States, he was lauded by Time 
as among a handful of academicians 
who "shaped not only individual minds 
but entire institutions." 

Michael was the kind of young man 
who didn't shrink from responsibility 
and stoked an unflagging drive for 
excellence. He made his parents (and 
grandfather) proud — very proud. 

In Ohio, where he grew up, he graduat- 
ed first in his class from Columbus 
Academy and gave the valedictory 
address at his commencement. While 
there, he was celebrated as a nine-letter 
athlete and earned all-state honors as a 
football quarterback and as a baseball 
pitcher and also was elected president 
of his senior class. 

Accepted to Harvard College, Michael 
became a National Scholar, played fresh- 
man football and worked for two years 
as Associate Editor of the Harvard 
University Gazette. 

He married his high school sweetheart 
Mary Barbara following his sophomore 
year, took his senior year courses at 
Smith where she was enrolled, and 
traveled back and forth to Cambridge 
to meet with his thesis tutor. After grad- 
uation, the couple both enrolled at Ohio 
State University (OSU). Mary Barbara 

focused on a Master's in zoology and 
Michael zeroed in on a Master's degree 
in higher education and student person- 
nel work. 

Not one to lollygag around, Michael 
worked as a graduate research assistant 
as well as a head resident of a fraternity 
and taught creative writing in the under- 
graduate program. He clearly was a 
deserving choice for selection by the 
OSU president for the Graduate School 
Leadership Award. 

And so it went, with Michael taking on 
consulting work at the University of 
Indonesia, in Jakarta, where he would 
spend five weeks at a time, to fulfill a 
mandate of structural reorganization 
that required him to convince some 
of the country's most powerful people 
to sit together in a room and agree to 
individually and collectively cede power 
in order to achieve the much sought 
after reorganization. It was in faraway 
Jakarta that Michael's powerful gift as 
a change-maker began to emerge. 

Back at Harvard, Michael worked as 
Assistant Dean of Freshmen while pur- 
suing his doctorate in Higher Education 
(he was named Harvard Graduate 
National Scholar in 1977). 

The story continues, with Michael 
and Mary Barbara (see story on page 5) 
switching off, one moving to a new loca- 
tion with the other whenever an enticing 
professional opportunity beckoned. 
Mary Barbara, by now, was immersed 
in her gift of acting, finding work in 
theater and television in New York. 
And Michael, unwilling to settle for 
a commuter marriage, took a position 
as Executive Assistant to the President 
of Barnard College to be with her. 

Meanwhile, although Michael finished 
all his course work toward a doctorate, 
the thesis he was ready to embark upon 
was indefinitely put on hold. "I thought 
I would be able to write my dissertation 
while on the job at Barnard, but the job 
was so much more than full-time. I was 
totally absorbed with it and was gaining 
valuable experience in the finance and 
business side of college administration," 
he recalls. 

When the president of Barnard, with 
whom Michael worked closely, departed, 
Michael realized that "it wasn't the right 
environment for me anymore." He 
resigned to move with Mary Barbara to 
Los Angeles. 

"The first six months in LA, I spent writ- 
ing. I had always enjoyed writing prose, 

but on the West Coast I tried writing 
movie scripts. I discovered it's a whole 
new discipline — it's a skill you have to 
learn, along with how to sell them. After 
six months we were good and broke and 
I knew it was time to get a job." 

He parlayed his job networking prowess 
into four solid job offers, "three of them 
from Hollywood studios and one from 
Cal Tech to run the honor's program. 
The thing is," he says, thoughtfully, 
"that living in Los Angeles, being 
young and being involved with the 
entertainment industry can be pretty 
seductive." Michael opted for a new 
and exciting career in entertainment. 
For starters, he worked alongside 
the legendary Lou Wasserman at MCA. 

After Hollywood, Michael orchestrated 
an impressive turnaround for the 
then struggling USA television 
Network and bootstrapped New York's 
WWOR-TV into the second ranked 
media outlet in its market. 

"At each of the companies I have run — 
USA Network, WWOR-TV, Inc., 
AverStar, Inc. and now Echo Bridge 
Entertainment (a film distribution com- 
pany) — revenues and profits grew well 
beyond industry norms; morale and 
communications quickly improved; the 
number of employees grew while bene- 
fits improved; we became partners with 
our customers; we established a strong 
identity in the marketplace; and the 
value of the enterprises increased." 

He discovered that he was "good at 
taking a group of people and working 
with them to compete effectively. The 
experience I had in Jakarta, years back, 
taught me that one of the most power- 
ful ways of leading is to create a sense 
of a shared purpose. I learned to foster 
a collaborative, collegial environment 
where all constituencies felt invested 
in the vision of the future." 

"At Lasell, I see my primary job as 
creating an environment where others 
are empowered and comfortable to do 
their best work. It's an institution 
where, thanks to the leadership of 
Tom de Witt, there's already a lot of 
momentum. Lasell is a college on solid 
financial ground in an area of the dens- 
est concentration of higher education 
institutions. People at the college, and 
its constituencies, are passionate about 
it. It screams out to me with its poten- 
tial. I am confident that my style is 
going to fit with the college at this 
point in its development." * 

A. Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2007 

Lasell Welcomes the Alexanders 

Standing in the Wings 

Mary Barbara Alexander Gets Ready to be the First Lady of Lasell 

Mary Barbara Alexander. 

Vf hen you meet Mary Barbara 
Alexander, don't be surprised if she's 
sporting a convincing British accent... 
or even a Russian one. It's not affect, 
if s acting. 

The genial, outgoing, soon-to-be new 
first lady of Lasell is probably preparing 
to do a voice over. She is, after all, a card 
carrying (Actor's Equity Association, 
American Federation of Television and 
Radio Artists, and Screen Actor's Guild) 
actor with significant credits — every- 
thing from playing a Klingon on "Star 
Trek: Voyager," to a stripper on the soap 
opera "The Young and the Restless," 
to a French maid on "Search for 
Tomorrow," to a Russian on "Law 
and Order." 

"I got a call the other day to audition for 
a voice over," she confides cheerily from 
her home phone in Sherborn. "They 
wanted me to play a pilgrim. Now here's 
the odd part," she chuckles, "they asked 
me to come in costume!" Stranger still 
is that Mary Barbara Alexander can 
actually fulfill such requests by taking a 
quick jaunt to her basement where she 
has her own mini wardrobe department. 
A master of disguises, she can trans- 
form herself into a credible Cleopatra in 
a matter of minutes — all you have to 
do is ask. 

At the moment, though, Mary Barbara 
Alexander is preparing for her most 
important role as the wife and partner 
of Michael B. Alexander. She is getting 
ready to be Lasell's first lady and she 
looks forward to putting her energy 
and talents to good use, taking an active 
role along Michael's side with students, 
faculty, staff and alumni. 

"We are both really thrilled about this," 
she says, with unconcealed pleasure. 
"Being a college president has been 
a lifelong dream for Michael. And we 
love Lasell. The people I've met are 
fabulous. I've felt so welcome and at 
ease. I'm impressed by the devotion to 
the College that people have — it's 
amazing to feel that attitude. 

"We met at the Battle of the Bands at 
the Ohio State fairgrounds. It's a big 
teen get-together and I was with a group 
of people and there was Michael. I did- 
n't know him so I walked up to him and 
said, 'Hi, who are you?' 

"I was attending a Catholic high school 
where all that seemed to count was how 
many of the boys could be groomed for 
admission into Notre Dame. I was a 
diamond in the rough and Michael 
recognized that." 

Even though Notre Dame wasn't on 
her radar screen, college and a serious 
education were. Michael and his Mom, 
a distinguished school psychologist 
who founded the National Association 
of School Psychologists, joined forces 
with the president of the Smith College 
Club of Columbus, Ohio, to mentor 
Mary Barbara through the college 
application process. 

behavior, to compliment her passion 
for knowledge about behavior — both 
human and animal. 

And, like her husband's impressive list 
of accomplishments, Mary Barbara's 
tends to take one's breath away. 

For starters, she studied the behavior of 
captive gorillas at the Columbus (Ohio) 
Zoo and then she thought, "Maybe I'd 
better go off and save the earth." 

Fade to Massachusetts, where Michael 
got a job at Harvard and Mary Barbara 
landed employment with former 
Secretary of Environmental Affairs and 
Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy, as a land 
use administrator, assisting communi- 
ties in acquiring conservation land 
and drafting new legislation to protect 
farmland from development. 

Still, she dabbled in theatre. When she 
landed the lead role of Lola in a Harvard 
production of "Damn Yankees," Evelyn 
Murphy came to see her and, impressed 
with her performance said, "Kid, you're 
wasting yourself in state government." 

Mary Barbara didn't take much convinc- 
ing. "I resigned my position, studied 
voice and dance in Boston, and went 
to New York to follow my dream," she 


Mary Barbara and Michael met 40 years ago, when they 
were in high school. "It was love at first sight," she says of 
the relationship that has grown and strengthened through 
36 years of marriage. The couple has a daughter, Maggie, 
who is 23 and is a graduate student in Sociology at George 
Washington University. tf 

"I was the first generation person in 
my family to go to college," says Mary 
Barbara, who did them all proud by 
winning a full scholarship to a Seven 
Sisters' College — Smith. 

She and Michael married after her 
sophomore year at Smith and the two 
began "our history of following each 
other back and forth." 

Living out her mantra, "study what you 
love," Mary Barbara graduated with hon- 
ors in Theatre from Smith and after a 
summer off in Europe, the couple 
returned to Ohio for more schooling. 
Both went for their Masters' degrees, 
with Mary Barbara choosing zoology, 
with a concentration in primate 

recalls. "We commuted between New 
York and Cambridge for nine months 
and then Michael got a job as the 
Executive Assistant to the President 
at Barnard while I struggled to get a 
toehold in the acting business." 

The roles began to come in and Mary 
Barbara went to Los Angeles for what 
was supposed to be a three-week vaca- 
tion and lasted three years. To be with 
her, Michael switched from educational 
administration to entertainment 
administration and just when things 
were getting really good for her — 
"with a good agent getting good work" 
— Michael was offered the job to rescue 
the floundering USA Network. The 
couple moved back to New York. "We 

The Alexander pets are a picture of harmony. 

really have traded off," one supporting 
the other from one career to another. 

And so it has been that Mary Barbara 
Alexander has fashioned a successful 
life as wife, zoologist, actress, mother, 
and activist. Who says you can't do 
it all? 

Currently, in addition to maintaining a 
career in acting, she has a full schedule 
of volunteer activities, from work for 
the admissions office of her beloved 
Smith College to serving as president 
of the Sherborn Forest and Trail 
Association. An environmental activist 
("Do you have a 'Green Committee' 
at Lasell?" she wonders.), she also is 
passionate about animals — hers and 
anyone else's. The Alexander household 
in Sherborn is home to a 20-something 
year-old pony, which she is nursing 
back to health from a bout of laminitis, 
the potentially devastating hoof disease 
that proved to be the undoing of plucky 
thoroughbred, Barbaro. 

Other animal companions in the 
Alexander constellation include 
Mary Barbara's adored 29 year-old 
Rhinelander horse Rosco, Michael's 
retired Percheron/Thoroughbred-cross 
Leon (a "huge" horse), two handsome 
Portuguese Water Dogs named 
Periwinkle and Rosinha, a stately cat 
named Lyle (after Lyle Lovett), who 
thinks he is a dog (see photo), and his 
four other feline companions, Gus, 
Jack, Tami and Koko. 

"This place is like a zoo," Mary Barbara 
laughs, delightedly. "We also have 
Michael's mother's cat boarding with us 
while she's in Florida for the winter and 
a Palomino, RJ, who lives at a stable in 
Medway and works as a school horse." 

Favorite pastimes include cooking, 
travel, dog training, horseback riding, 
gardening, SCUBA diving, animals, 
environmental and biological sciences, 
and the arts. '*>' 

Spring 2007 

Lasell Leaves ^ 

The Search for the Right Successor 

The Search for the Right Successor 

Committee of 17 Works Intensively to Find the Correct Fit 

Eric Turner sleeps a little more sound- 
ly these days. And well he should. The 
tall, soft spoken Lasell Board trustee 
and chairman of the College's 
Presidential Search Committee has — 
as part of a committee numbering 17 — 
not only met but exceeded the objective 
of searching for and signing on a new 
and dynamic leader for the College. 

Their final choice was Michael B. 
Alexander who will be the ninth 
president of Lasell. 

But the achievement followed an inten- 
sive 10-month process that included 
sometimes weekly meetings, the 
screening of candidates' letters of appli- 
cation, careful review of curriculum 
vitae, and interviewing and honing the 
list of contenders which, after careful 
discernment — individually and as a 
committee — yielded a final and 
impressive choice. 

Chairing the Presidential Search 
Committee has been a long, Herculean 
task made all the more daunting 
"because the new president will replace 
Lasell' s beloved and long-serving (19 
years) Tom de Witt," says Eric. 

"From day one I worried a little about 
the committee's charge from the Board 
of Trustees. What if we got it wrong? 
It was an awesome responsibility. The 
goal was to identify the absolutely best 
person for the position. We needed to 
ensure that the institution continues in 
the strongest possible fashion for the 
longest period of time. Overlay all of 
that with the reality of trying to find a 
successor for Tom de Witt, and the 
extraordinary contributions he has 
made to Lasell over nearly two decades, 
and you get a little taste of the enormity 
of the assignment," Eric remarks. 

"Fortunately there were a lot of people 
to support and help in the effort. The 
committee itself devoted an enormous 
amount of time and energy. Erik 
Stapper (Chairman of the Board of 
Trustees) brought significant leadership 
and guidance, among many other con- 
tributions. And, there was so much 
help from Isaacson, Miller, the search 
firm we hired, as well as from the entire 
community. There were many who were 
strong resources for us. 

"I had never led a search before," he 
continues. But the experience for him 
— and for the entire Committee — 
was one that he characterizes as "rich 
and worthwhile. 

Eric Turner, Chairman of the Presidential 
Search Committee. 

"We had such a good mix of skills, 
perspectives, backgrounds and ideas" 
represented on the Committee. "We 
had a strong charge from the Board of 
Trustees to make sure that every major 
constituency of the Lasell community 
was represented. I think the varied back- 
grounds and perspectives brought to the 
table by folks worked well. 

"Initially, we spent a good deal of time 
laying out ground rules for our own 
operation and how we were going to 
work with each other. There were in 
total 17 of us, including ex officio mem- 
bers. That's a big group, and so it was 
all the more important that people felt 
that their voices would be heard, regard- 
less of position or title. Everyone on the 
committee had to be equal for this to 
work properly. We agreed to attempt to 
run the meetings as efficiently as possi- 
ble in order not to waste each other's 
time. We pledged to be respectful of 
each other's opinions and ideas. And we 
agreed that it was extremely important 
that minority opinions be heard, 
because they offered opportunities to 
hear perspectives we might otherwise 
not have considered. 

"We spent time in the early weeks 
educating ourselves about the search 
process. We read numerous pieces on 
the different aspects of a search and, 
because a few members had served 
on search committees before, the 
Committee benefited from their 
guidance on what to do and, more 
importantly, what not to do. We also 
solicited input from many other 
individuals familiar with searches in 
higher education. Ours was, I think, a 
detailed and deliberate process." 

The Committee's work had begun in 
early April 2006 and by early June, it 
had selected the search consultants. 

Eric gives a special nod of appreciation to 
Isaacson, Miller (IM), a firm that special- 
izes in higher education and health care 
searches. They were "the consultants 
chosen from a universe of some three 
dozen that we whittled down to three or 
four. The work for the Search Committee 
would have been unbelievably difficult 
without them and the effort associated 
with what we had to do would have been 
almost unbearable. Members of the 
Board of Trustees are fiduciaries for the 
College and it was important for us to 
have an independent third party such as 
Isaacson, Miller involved to both advise 
us on best practices in the search and 
offer comparative information as we 
made our recommendation. 

"Selecting the search firm to help us 
was good practice for the Committee. 
It gave us an opportunity to evaluate, 
deliberate and reach a consensus — 
something we had to do when it came 
time to actually consider candidates for 
the presidency. It was a wonderful first 
step before the real search efforts began. 

"In hindsight, I think we did really 
well, and that's a testament to the com- 
mitment of the members. They were 
focused and had an enormous sense 
of purpose. Everyone on that committee 
loves Lasell." 

Eric reports that initially, Isaacson, 
Miller made some 300 'touches' as 
they are called — not just reaching 
out to potential candidates but also 
to people who might recommend 
potential candidates. 

" Lasell' s pool of candidates was a combi- 
nation of people who applied for the 
position and those who were known to 
Isaacson, Miller as being most qualified." 

Isaacson, Miller did a series of tele- 
phone screens and interviews in 
person. "This started in the summer 
after IM spent a considerable amount 
of time interviewing and gathering 
input from Lasell students, faculty, 
staff, Villagers, alumni, trustees, over- 
seers and corporators. In this way they 
could really understand the institution 
and, therefore, be in a position to seek 
the best fit for Lasell. 

"In October and November we evaluat- 
ed 25 to 30 candidates, looking at 
resumes, cover letters and CVs and got 
down first to eight and then to four 
finalists. We wanted the four to come to 
campus to meet members of the Lasell 
community. This gave the community a 
chance to evaluate them and the candi- 
dates also got the opportunity to 'kick 
the tires'," he adds. 

The Committee received more than 
300 feedback forms on all the finalists 
from the Lasell community. They were 
compiled and reviewed and says Eric, 
"they provided significant input for 
our recommendation. 

"By all accounts, we had four great 
finalists — we were very pleased. IM 
counseled us to remain open-minded 
throughout the entire process and this 
helped us in our selection. This advice 
was intended to avoid forming opinions 
too early. I think it enhanced the quality 
of our ultimate deliberations. 

Michael Alexander was the unanimous 
recommendation of the Search 
Committee and was approved unani- 
mously by the Board of Trustees. '¥ 

(L to R) Dean of Undergraduate Education Steven Bloom and Vice President for Academic 
Affairs James Ostrow talk with Michael Alexander at his all-College finalist meeting. 

Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2007 

Connected Learning 

Stimulating Intellectual Curiosity and Social Responsibility 

Honors Program "Four Plus Four" Design Challenges Students 

(Calculus) 2 ™ + (Component) honors = 
Calculus 2 is the formula for Honors 
student Gary Gay '09. 

The Honors Program was established 
in the fall of 2000 to raise the level 
of academic discourse on campus, to 
support and recognize academic 
achievement, and to challenge students 
and faculty to think together outside of 
the box. The path that Honors students 
follow is a " Four Plus Four" sequence 
of four courses and four specialized 
honors "components" and its successful 
completion is recognized at graduation. 

"We created the Program because learn- 
ing is about much more than acquiring 
and retaining knowledge created by 
others," says President de Witt. "It is 
a journey of self-discovery, of question- 
ing accepted truths, of challenging 
conventional wisdom, and of personal 

fulfillment, all of which the Honors 
Program promotes and inspires." 

Over the four-year period they are at 
Lasell, Honors students take one course 
a year that is available only to them. 
This year, part of the Freshmen 
Colloquium was the "Presidential 
Seminar." The topic was the role of 
the military in a democracy and the 
students were given reading material 
before meeting with President de Witt. 
The discussions centered on the draft, 
the different perspectives and predica- 
ments militaries pose, and the military's 
responsiveness to democratic pressures. 

In addition to the four required Honors 
courses, the students must complete 
four special projects known as "Honors 
Components." When students enroll 
in courses to satisfy major or core 
requirements, they agree with individ- 
ual professors to convert four of these to 
Honors credit. The type of project varies 
depending on the discipline, the course, 
the student, and the professor, and 
allows room for creativity and expres- 
sion of the student's unique needs and 
goals in that course. 

"When I first decided that I wanted to 
do an Honors Component in my Global 
Ecology class with Dr. Stephen Sarikas, 
I had no idea where to start," says Laura 
Notarangelo '09, who is a Fashion and 
Retail Merchandising major with an 

English minor. "I was taking the class 
to fulfill my science requirement and 
I knew Dr. Sarikas would be supportive 
about doing a component in his class. 
The project we came up with put my 
creative and organizational talents to 
good use. 

"The class discussed environmental 
threats that face our world and every stu- 
dent analyzed a product that contained 
pesticides. With the materials that the 
class gave me, I compiled a poster for 
the December Connected Learning 
Symposium (see p. 18). My time and 
effort paid off when Dr. Sarikas and my 
peers saw the final product and were 
pleased with the outcome. I was at the 
Symposium with my classmates and got 
the opportunity to educate people on the 
dangers of using pesticides and other 
chemicals in their homes." 

Gary Gay '09 did an Honors Component 
for Math 206: Calculus with Professor 
Malini Pillai. Not only did he have to 
answer one extra question on all quizzes, 
which tested his critical thinking to a 
deeper level, he also tutored math once a 
week and kept a log that was turned in 
with a reflective essay. 

"I built my knowledge and the experi- 
ence made me a better teacher to my 
peers. I now have a job tutoring mathe- 
matics which has increased both my 

understanding of the subject and my 
confidence," says Gary. 

"Another aspect of the Honors program 
is its emphasis on community out- 
reach," he continues. "It opens the 
door to leading campus events and 
makes you feel you are making a 
difference. This spring we are having a 
fundraiser and festival for cystic fibrosis 
that we hope will raise awareness as 
well as dollars." 

"I am so pleased with the caliber and 
variety of projects that are happening on 
campus in the Honors Components," 
says Professor Stephanie Athey, director 
of the Honors Program. "Students are 
developing their oral communication, 
writing, and critical thinking skills and 
are receiving a customized education. 
They are also sharing the results of their 
learning with their peers and thereby 
enriching us all." '« 

President de Witt discusses the role of the 
military with members of the freshman 
Honors Program. 

Reaching Out to Poor and Homeless Children 

First Year Seminar Group's Creative 
Talents Put to Good Use 

During a classroom discussion, the 
freshmen fashion students in my First 
Year Seminar (FYS) talked about how 
they would like to do something for 
society," says Librarian and FYS facilita- 
tor Jill Shoemaker. "They wanted to 
show that fashion isn't all glamour, but 
can be put to useful ends and, after 
hearing a public service announcement 
about how many homeless children 
there are, the students decided to see 
how they could reach out to them." 

The FYS class of Ro Frolick, director 
of the Academic Achievement Center, 
joined this community service project, 
and the group consulted Melissa 
Martin, student programs coordinator. 
She suggested several non-profit organi- 
zations and, after narrowing the choices 
down, the students decided to get in 

touch with "Cradles to Crayons," an 
organization that provides homeless and 
low-income children with the everyday 
supplies they need to be warm, safe, 
and ready to learn at school. 

"A representative came and spoke to our 
class," recalls Jill, "She discussed pover- 
ty and the importance of reading and 
family literacy and I could feel the stu- 
dents' excitement grow. As a librarian, I 
was thrilled with the idea of donating 
books to the children and the logical 
next step for the fashion students was to 
design and make blankets that reflected 
the theme of a particular book." 

Each week the colorful blankets grew. 
As the students cut and knotted the felt, 
they reflected on service learning and 
community involvement. '¥ 

The FYS class proudly displays their completed blankets. Back Row (L to R) Melinda 
Proulx '10, Nga Tran '10, Melissa Higgins '10, Jordan Malizia '10, Courtney Colburne 
Erin Osbome '10; 2nd row from back (L to R) Adrienne Griffith '10, Kristen Augenfeld 
Joellen Nitsche '10, Sara McDermott '10, Alyssa Ruggieri '10, Raychel White '10, Zoe 
Johndrow '10; yd row from back (L to R) Christopher De Muro '10, Danielle Lisko '10, 
Synihia Durango '10, Justine Yandle '10, Jessica Cipri; Front row peer mentors (L to R) 
Amanda Unis '09 and Katelyn Hammond 'og. 


Spring 2007 

Lasell Leaves 7 

Connected Learning 

Surveys, Data Input, and Analysis 

Psychology Seniors Conduct 
Independent Research 

#\ student's senior internship is the 
capstone of his or her four years at 
Lasell," says Tabatha Torres '06, "and 
when Psychology Professor Sidney 
Trantham suggested that Angelica 
Adams '07 and I work as his research 
assistants and put together a survey for 
him. we knew that we were in for quite 
a fall semester." 

For the freshmen First Year Seminars 
(FYS). Professor Trantham runs a mod- 
ule on human sexuality. In order to 
discover the issues that were of most 
concern to the freshmen, he wanted to 
administer a survey to the FYS students 
before he ran the class, so that he could 
pinpoint the hot button areas. 

Tabatha and Angelica's first assignment 
was to refine the survey questions and 
then develop a protocol for administer- 
ing the survey. The next step was to 
train students in Professor Trantham's 
Human Sexuality class (Psychology 
205) to administer the survey to the 
FYS freshmen. Once the surveys were 
completed, they were to input the data 
onto spread sheets and then analyze 
the material. This spring they are each 
writing papers based on their findings. 

"At first I thought, 'Oh my god, I can't 
do this. It is so much work and there 
are so many little pieces that we need 
to put together,'" says Tabatha. "But 
Angelica and I make a good team. I'm 
good at inputting the data and she 
prefers writing. It just flows for her." 

"There were certainly a lot of details 
and they take up a lot of your day," 
agrees Angelica, "starting with sending 
reminder emails to the Psych 205 stu- 
dents to come to training and writing 
them thank you notes afterwards. 
They worked in teams of two and we 
went to 12 FYS seminars. We listened 
to them do their script and were 
there as backup. Then we took the 
completed questionnaires and broke 
the data down." 

Angelica and Tabatha met with 
Professor Trantham each week to 
discuss how the project was going 
and to review the updates on the 
spread sheet. "I was so impressed by 
their dedication and attention to detail," 
he says. "Their data showed me what 
the jumping off points should be in the 
different FYS seminars and enabled me 
to spark debates in class." 

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(L to R) Angelica Adams 'oj and Tabatha Torres '07 get together to review the data collected 
from questionnaires. 

There were 32 questions included in 
the survey and they covered a wide area. 
Students were asked if they agreed or 
disagreed with such statements as 
"The media promotes sexual immorali- 
ty" and "Women provoke rape by their 
dress or behavior." 

"It was interesting to watch the students 
fill out the questionnaire and see their 
reactions," says Tabatha. "Some stu- 
dents thought it was easy and some had 
never thought about a few of the topics." 

"One of the questions that we asked 
ourselves as we were entering the 

information was 'do attitudes cause 
behavior or do behaviors cause 
attitudes?'" says Angelica. "We also 
wondered if we would get different 
answers if we administered the survey 
to these students when they are seniors 
and we noted how different the respons- 
es were between males and females." 

"We learned so much and we were so 
lucky to have had a research experience 
as undergraduates," says Tabatha. "Most 
students don't get this type of project 
until they are in graduate school. I 
wouldn't ever exchange what we did 
for a clinical internship." "m 

Don Winslow's Recollections Tapped 

Oral History Project Part of 
Student's Independent Study 

If s amazing to hear Don Winslow talk 
about Lasell's history and to see how 
many times the College has transformed 
itself," says Kevin Lawson '08. "Being 
the son of Guy M. Winslow, who served 
first as Assistant Principal and then as 
Principal/President of the College from 
1908-1947, Don has an intimate knowl- 
edge of Lasell and has seen how as a 
small school it has had to fluctuate with 
the times." 

There are many examples of how Lasell 
has evolved. In 1878, the revolutionary 
Domestic Science program was initiated. 
Then in 1888, another innovation in 
women's education was the introduction 
of the military drill. In more recent 
times, Lasell built its nursing program 
(the first Associate Degree nursing pro- 
gram in Massachusetts), and now its 
fashion program is one of the best in 
the country. 

Kevin became hooked on Lasell's history 
while serving as a peer mentor for 

History Professor Denny Frey's First 
Year Seminar (FYS). The topic for the 
class was the history of Lasell and, for 
background, Kevin read Don Winslow's 
"Lasell: A History of the First Junior 
College for Women." 

"I was absorbed by the details in Don's 
book. At the end of the semester I went 
to the Archives and spoke with Librarian 
Marilyn Negip," says Kevin. "She sug- 
gested that I talk with Don about the 
possibility of doing an oral history of 
the College with him and this fit in 
perfectly with the Independent Study I 
was planning with Professor Frey." 

Kevin's project focuses on the social 
and cultural developments in the United 
States from the end of WW I to the end 
of the Cold War. "The oral history por- 
tion with Don and his wife, Charlotte 
Winslow, gives him a unique chance to 
conduct primary research into the histo- 
ry of women's education. It's not often 
that such a special intergenerational 

Kevin Lawson '08 listens while Don Winslow relates an episode from Lasell's history. 

opportunity comes along," says 
Professor Frey, "and, Kevin's project 
also enabled me to meet the Winslows, 
which was a real thrill!" 

"Don has so many fascinating stories at 
his fingertips," exclaims Kevin. "I am 
drawn in by his descriptions of past 
happenings such as the Lasell booth at 
the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. We were 
the only college to be chosen to be in 
the Women's Building, a wonderful 
advertisement for the College. I'm also 
intrigued to hear stories about Robert 

Frost and I learned that his poem 
"A Witness Tree" was inspired by a 
log from 6,000 Vermont acres that 
Lasell owned at one time. 

"Being able to talk with Don is a real 
privilege and he makes me feel so 
welcome. I'm hoping to schedule five 
or six more sessions with him and 
record them all. I know that most stu- 
dents and even many faculty members 
aren't familiar with the College's history 
and now his memories will be recorded 
for posterity." v 


Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2007 

Connected Learning 

Focusing on Differences 

Students Find Leadership Has Many Definitions 

lnf hat makes a leader? What qualities, 
strengths, and talents are needed to 
work together towards a common goal? 
These are some of the questions that 
Professor Sharyn Lowensteirfs Honors 
205 class considered over the course of 
this past fall semester. 

Administering the Newton school sys- 
tem's Understanding Our Differences 
(UOD) program was the core of the 
Honors class. However, guest speakers, 
a faculty panel on the topic of leader- 
ship, a field trip to the Perkins School 
for the Blind, and the opportunity to 
demonstrate to a Lasell education class 
the methods employed in teaching 
UOD to third, fourth, and fifth graders 
expanded the Honors students' grasp of 
the skills and social responsibilities that 
leadership encompasses. 

"To be ready to go into the Lincoln-Eliot 
school and teach the program success- 
fully requires training, the growth of 
group leadership, and the ability to work 
with others," says Professor Lowenstein. 
"I wanted the class to hear first-hand 
how people live with disabilities so that 
they would understand the importance 
of their leadership role in the UOD 
program. I was fortunate to be able 
to have as guest speakers Linda Hiller 
and Rosemary Larking, women who live 
with crippling diseases, and David Tied, 
who is legally blind and works at 

Newton North High School and is 
also a consultant on disabilities at 
Legal Seafood." 

"Their stories were incredible and 
they allowed us to gather a small 
understanding of what it is like to be 
disabled," says Molly Fawcett '09. 
"I found myself wanting to share what I 
had learned with my family and friends. 
Hearing them talk and learning about 
the tools they use to make adaptations 
to do everyday things made me feel 
much more confident about going to 
Lincoln- Eliot and explaining how 
people with differences live." 

"Our teaching wouldn't have been as 
good if we hadn't had the speakers," 
confirms Brianna Harbick '09. 
"The whole experience changed me. 
Before I was quiet, but the class gave 
me confidence to voice my opinion. 
We all helped each other and by 
working together we learned about 
social responsibility." 

At the Perkins School for the Blind 
the class saw an entire campus adapted 
for disabilities. "I'm majoring in 
Elementary Education," says Rachel 
Craft '09, "and worked with special 
education students over the summer. 
I was so impressed by our tour of the 
Perkins school that I thought I might try 
and do my pre-practicum hours there. 

Sadie Rebello '09 and Jamie Remmers 'og demonstrate tools that are used by the disabled to 
facilitate their everyday lives. 

"I found being in front of the seniors in 
Professor Zeek's curriculum integration 
class to be a real challenge," continues 
Rachel. "I knew the Lincoln-Eliot chil- 
dren would react positively to us, but I 
was worried that the seniors would be 
bored if we just explained what we did 
in UOD. Mainstreaming disabled stu- 
dents into public schools is a huge 
topic and I would have preferred more 
discussion. Because I want to become 
a better teacher, for me the challenge 
was to draw the seniors in and make it 
a positive experience for everyone." 

At the end of the semester, the students 
in Professor Lowensteirfs class were 
all pleased by the impact they had 
on the Lincoln-Eliot children. "We 
learned what we each could bring 
forth to the table," says Erich Schiebel 
'09. "Without this class, we wouldn't 
have had the opportunity to find out 
how satisfying it can be to impact 
young students." 

"Our class knocked the ball out of 
the park with this one," concurs Matt 
Reeves '09. '« 

Connections Across the Generations 

Family Lore and Traditions Explored in Cultural Heritage Project 

Audrey Tepe '08 conducts an interview 
with Villager Aaron Wasserman, sur- 
rounded by his sculptures and art. 

At the beginning of the semester, 
the students in my Folklore and Folklife 
class didn't fully understand the topic," 
recalls Anthropology Professor 
Hortense Gerardo. "To bring it to life, 
I incorporated dance, song, story, cook- 
ing, and costumes into the syllabus and 
I created the Cultural Heritage Project 
(CHP) as the end-of-term project. 

"For this, the students were to interview 
someone who was at least two genera- 
tions older than themselves. They were 
then to present some aspect or genre of 
folklore revealed to them by their inter- 
viewee. The trick was to distinguish 
between the folklore and the oral history 
and to make it meaningful to their own 
lives. I envisioned the students being 
anthropologists in the field, recording 
biographical data and then honing in on 
a specific area." 

Most of the students opted to talk with 
family members and they found what 
people remembered to be fascinating. 
"They all honed in on something differ- 
ent," says Professor Gerardo. 

There were four Lasell Villagers in 
Professor Gerardo's class, and they had 
the dual perspective of being students 
as well as interview subjects. Audrey 
Tepe '08 interviewed Villager Aaron 
Wasserman and the two developed a 
close relationship. 

"I'm a Fashion and Retail Merchandising 
major," says Audrey, "and Aaron was in 
the fashion industry and has always 
been interested in art. In his retirement 
he has become an accomplished sculp- 
tor. As our interviews went along I knew 
that for my final project I wanted to 
make him a clay sculpture that would 
symbolize different parts of his life. 

I was touched when he told me how 
pleased he was with it." 

Coincidentally, while the students were 
working on CHP, Professor Gerardo 
learned about StoryCorps, a national 
project to instruct and inspire people to 
record one another's stories in sound. 
"There is clearly a resurgent interest in 
oral tradition and folklore," Professor 
Gerardo says. "I traveled to New York to 
be interviewed for StoryCorps and it 
made me think what a good experience 
it would be for my students. 

I know that as they talked to people 
born into a different generation they 
were touched by how pronounced their 
recollections were. The students took a 
lot of time with their final projects for 
CHP and they surprised the recipients 
by their depth and understanding." '« 

Spring 2007 

Lasell Leaves Q 

Connected Learning 

A Unique Learning Experience 

Team Teaching Brings Two Viewpoints to Students 

Taking a class taught by two profes- 
sors opened up the field of psychology 
to me," says Psychology major Molly 
Fawcett '09, a student in Brain Function 
and Dysfunction that was team taught 
by Professors Sidney Trantham and 
Amy Wagenfeld this fall. "I had taken a 
class with Professor Wagenfeld, so I 
knew her specialty was occupational 
therapy and developmental psychology. 
Professor Trantham' s area is neuropsy- 
chology and I had never been exposed 
to this before." 

"We had equal responsibility for 
teaching, each interjecting our area of 
expertise," explains Professor Trantham. 
"With both of us there the students get 
a lot. We share information with them 
and with each other and the students 
can see that we approach some subjects 
from a different perspective. We feel 
free to disagree and it's good for the 
students to see that professors can have 
differences. We're not always on the 
same page, but we can have a dialogue." 

When putting the class together, 
the aim of the two professors was to 
create a learning experience that linked 
the classroom, hands-on lab "like" 
activities, field trips, and community 
resources. "We wanted the students 
to have the opportunity to supplement 
and enhance their academic knowledge 
of current neuroscience issues by 
participating in a semester long course 
that linked community resources and 
classroom learning experiences," says 
Professor Wagenfeld. 

"The professors always backed up lec- 
tures with field trips," says Humanities 
major Lynn Tornabene '08. "This made 
things click. It was a difficult course for 
me. There was a lot of reading and the 
terminology was new to me. But both 
professors were very willing to help, 
they would email me right back, and 
were great resources." 

Guest speakers visited the class and 
field trips were taken. At the OTA- 
Watertown, where sensory integration 

At the OTA-Watertown, the students and Professor Trantham take a break before using the 
Center's equipment. 

therapy services are offered, the 
Lasell students were invited to use 
the clinic's equipment. 

"The children spend their therapy ses- 
sions doing activities, and by actually 
climbing, touching, and balancing as 
they do, it opened our mind to their 

needs," recalls Psychology major 
Stephanie Rich '07. 

Throughout the semester the students 
were challenged to recognize the role 
and importance of neuroscience in 
furthering their understanding of 
how the brain influences behavior. '« 

Bosnia's Cultural Heritage Burned 

Lasell Librarian Part of Rebuilding Team at Monastic Library 

I knew that 90 percent of Sarajevo's 
National and University Library had 
been destroyed," says Lasell Librarian 
Lydia Pittman, "but until I saw it last 
summer, I couldn't imagine the scale of 
destruction that this figure represented. 
The Library was shelled and burned 
during the war in 1992. In 2006, the 
building was still completely gutted. 

"The Serbian nationalists bombarded 
the Library in an attempt to erase histo- 
ry. They wanted to eliminate a culture, a 
nation's memory. When I learned about 
Builders for Peace, a volunteer group 
that travels to Bosnia annually with col- 
lege students and faculty members to 
assist with reconstruction projects, I 
saw it as an incredible service learning 
opportunity, particularly in my capacity 
as a librarian." Recognizing that this 
would be an invaluable professional 
development experience, Lasell awarded 
Lydia a Putnam Grant, which covered 
her airfare. 

"The service project I was assigned to 
was to rebuild a monastic library in the 
war-ravaged town of Fojnica, which is 
about an hour from Sarajevo," explains 
Lydia. Before heading to the monastery, 
the group met with key figures from the 
National Library and talked about a 
strategy for approaching the rebuilding 
of Bosnian libraries. 

"One of the objectives was to collect the 
material from smaller libraries, take an 
inventory, make sure that the books 
were safe from further mold and 
destruction, and then publicize and 
make the books accessible to the aca- 
demic community," explains Lydia. 

The Fojnica Francisan library has a 
collection of 40,000 books, which 
include rare and antique materials 
vital to the history of the region and 
date back to 1481. 

"For the past six years, the Franciscans 
have been working on a new library," 
says Lydia, "and the books have been 
stored in adverse conditions susceptible 
to mold, rodent damage, and other haz- 
ards. We wanted to find out what the 
library had, so our top priority was to 
inventory the books. We called it cata- 
loging, but it was very rudimentary. 
It was more of a triage operation." 

Except for two recent graduates from 
the University of Sarajevo's undergradu- 
ate library school, Lydia was the only 
librarian in the volunteer group. They 
put together the attack plan, but after a 
day they had to revise their approach. 

"Initially, we wanted to separate the 
books into three categories: unsalvage- 
able, needs repair, and good to go," says 

Librarian Lydia Pittman inspects a book before cataloging it. 

Lydia. "However, almost instantly we 
discovered that 90 percent of the books 
needed professional restoration and 
repair, so we rethought our approach. 

"We divided into two groups and the vol- 
unteers who were lead by one Bosnian 
library school graduate became the man- 
ual labor group. They sorted the books, 
removing the moldy ones that would be 
harmful to the others. They dusted the 
salvageable books off, did a preliminary 
sorting, and then sent them to my 
group, which was working in the 
'clean' room. 

"We were the catalogers, and we slowly 
inputted the information into a data 
base. It was a real cooperative effort. At 
the end of my time there, we had done 
600 entries and using the system that 
we created, the worked continued 
throughout the summer culminating in 
over 3000 entries input by Americans 
and native Bosnians. 

"When I left, I felt that by beginning 
the cataloging we had made a step 
towards supplementing the cultural 
history that had been destroyed. 
I was pleased to be able to use my skills 
to make a positive contribution." » 

IO Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2007 

Connected Learning 

Fifth Anniversary of Shoulder to Shoulder Program 

Cultural Immersion and Community Service in Mexico 

This is the fifth year that Lasell stu- 
dents have had the opportunity to travel 
to Mexico in January for what they 
would describe as a profound and life- 
changing experience. "It's the hardest 
but best thing at Lasell," says Jessica 
Vivona '09, who not only went on the 
trip but is also one of two students 
interning for Mexico Shoulder to 
Shoulder. "It was physically demanding 
and emotionally draining while at the 
same time fun. Most importantly, I 
think, this service learning experience 
was eye-opening and deeply affecting." 

Busy digging the foundation for the 
Colorado Yoval family's new house are 
(Top) Ricardo Sanon '08, (second row 
L to R) Jessica Vivona '09, Ashley Baril 
'08, and (front row L to R) Librarian 
and On-Site Coordinator Lydia Pittman, 
Chelsea Comeau '08, and Demetrick 
Nealy '09. 

Photo by Professor Sharyn Lowenstein. 

The 10 students who participated in the 
program this year returned to campus 
wanting to share what they had learned 
about Mexican culture, global poverty, 
and service with the rest of the campus. 
They formed "Education Teams" of 
two to five students who have visited 
classrooms around campus to introduce 
students to what they saw and learned 
on the trip. 

"Some of the points we want to include 
in our presentation are the differences 
in the levels of poverty between the US 
and Mexico, the barriers to education in 
rural Mexico, the lack of opportunities 
there, and the unemployment," says 
Mabel Valenzuela '07, also an intern 
with Shoulder to Shoulder. "Our 
personal experiences with Mexican 
communities opened our eyes and 
changed our viewpoints and we 
want to share this with the rest of 
the student body." 

The razing of a shanty in Coatepec that 
housed 16 family members of the 
Colorado Yoval family was one such 
experience. "It took only 30 minutes 
and a lot of acrobatics to tear it down," 
says John Dain '09. "It was a strange 
feeling, but our goal was to replace it 
with a sturdy block house. We con- 
tributed towards supplies such as 
cement, picks and shovels and all the 
neighbors came and helped. Working so 
closely with the members of the village 
helped us understand the many factors 
that sustain their poverty." 

The poor standard of living was some- 
thing the group was continuously 
exposed to and, for the first time, the 
Lasell students had the opportunity to 
attend an extended class session whose 
topic was "What is Poverty? How Can 
We End It?" with 45 University of 
Veracruz students. "It was the most 
memorable part of the trip for me," says 
Mabel Valenzuela. 

Being exposed to such a dynamic educa- 
tion situation is just one of the "firsts" 
for 2007. "The program is continually 
evolving," says Program Director 
Stephanie Athey. "Each year has 
brought new developments in what is 
now a rich and multifaceted year-round 
relationship with our two study sites 
in Mexico. For example, over the course 
of this past year, four of the Mexican 
program coordinators traveled to the 
U.S. to spend short and long term stays 
in Massachusetts, studying, presenting 
or teaching at Lasell. This opportunity 
for truly reciprocal cultural exchange 
not only deepens the commitment 
and understanding of our Mexican 
partners, but it extends the program's 
impact on faculty and students at 
Lasell immeasurably." 

To celebrate Shoulder to Shoulder's 
fifth anniversary, a special ceremony 
was held in Mexico to formally recog- 
nize the many committed partners, 
businesses, officials and families who 
have made the program such a success. 
Founding Director Professor Helen 
Alcala was singled out for special praise 
and there was a ceremony honoring the 
11 sixth graders who have earned small 
scholarships from Lasell's student-run 
non-profit Nifios de Veracruz. 

"To make education available to these 
children is what it's all about," says 
Jessica Vivona. "After sixth grade, 
school is no longer free in Mexico and, 
at this point, the children can be put to 
work. Their worth as laborers is more 
important to their families than their 
education. It's part of the poverty cycle. 

(L to R) Jessica Vivona '09, Chelsea Comeau '08 and John Dain '09, members of the 
Mexico "Education Team, " make a class presentation. 

The dollars that Nifios de Veracruz can 
raise to establish scholarships to break 
this chain is our way of contributing. 
It takes only $200 to send a child 
to school." 

"The cultural immersion and commu- 
nity service projects that go along with 
Shoulder to Shoulder expose students 
to the complex issues of global econom- 
ics and social justice," says Professor 
Athey. "They gain new respect and 
cultural sensitivity for our neighbor's 
culture, history and lifestyle." ^ 


It was physically demanding 
and emotionally draining 
while at the same time 
fun. Most importantly, 
I think, this service learning 
experience was eye-opening 
and deeply affecting. 


-Jessica Vivona '09 

Ninos de Veracruz sponsors a day of leaf raking to raise money for its scholarship fund. 

Spring 2007 

Lasell Leaves II 

CampUS Update 

Thomas E.J. de Witt Living 
and Learning Center Dedicated 

Lasell Fashion Department 
Hosts Student Research Forum 

During an afternoon intermission 
at the October 23, 2006 Annual 
Meeting of the Lasell College Boards of 
Trustees. Corporators, and Overseers, 
the Lasell Village community dedicated 
Town Hall to President Tom de Witt. 
Now known as the Thomas E. J. de Witt 
Living and Learning Center at Lasell 
Village, the new moniker is a testimoni- 
al to Tom's vision, determination, and 
commitment to a unique retirement 
setting in which an active intellectual 
lifestyle is its cornerstone. 

In addition to Board members and con- 
stituents from campus, the event was 
attended by dozens of Village residents 
paying tribute to Tom's leadership in the 
management of Lasell Village and his 
tireless dedication to their well-being. 
Special remarks of appreciation were 
offered by Erik Stapper, Village resident 
and Chairman of the College Board of 
Trustees, Jack Leonard, Trustee of Lasell 
College and Lasell Village and Dr. 
Freddy Frankel, Lasell Village Trustee 
and resident. 

The words of Dr. Frankel reflected the 
feelings of all who were present. 

"I am honored to sing the praises of a 
living legend whom I much admire. In 
addition to his intellectual gifts, Tom is 
a man of vision, highly creative, and 
well equipped to lead. With his tenacity 
he is masterful at overcoming obstacles, 
but he is also willing to change. If one 

The dedication brings smiles to President 
de Witt and Patti Beck Bishop 'gy, 
president of the Board of Management. 

looks back at the history of the Village, 
the blue-print could not have been cast 
in stone; rather, it seems, he had to be 
able to meet a brick-wall and turn right 
or left to get round it. I could not but 
develop deep respect and a fondness 
for this remarkable man. 

As a resident delighted to be living in 
Lasell Village, I have long recognized 
that the College and the Village are 
in a marriage, and there is no option 
for divorce." ¥ 

5tudents from area colleges and 
universities, both undergraduate 
and graduate, came to Yamawaki 
this February to present their current 
academic work. "The participants were 
all studying some aspect of costume, 
textiles, fashion, or a related area," 
explains Fashion Professor Jill Carey. 
She and Professors Joan Morris and 
Lynn Blake mentored the student 
work for this forum, the first academic 
symposium that the Lasell Fashion 
Department has hosted. The College 
sponsored the event for the Costume 
Society of America. 

The presentations were varied, ranging 
from costume design, fashion history 
research papers, and graduate disserta- 
tions. Graduate students from Harvard 
University and undergraduates from 
Bay State College, Framingham State 
and Lasell were present. All were 
evaluated by a panel of scholars and 
educators in the field, as well as by 
audience members, in an effort to 
enrich each student project. 

Professors Blake, Carey, and Morris 
were the curators of the gallery exhibit 
that ran in conjunction with the sympo- 
sium. The exhibit was titled "The 
Costume Workshop" and illustrated the 
discourse of function and fantasy, trend 
and originality, reality and imagination 
by juxtaposing non-textile student 
designs with selected vintage items 
from the Lasell Museum Collection. ¥ 

Stephanie Rossi 'og and Casey 
Sullivan 'og present their research 
paper titled "Queen Elizabeth, A 
Living Example of Renaissance Art. 

President de Witt unveils the plaque above Town Hall's front door. 

Two examples of non-textile designs that were part of the gallery exhibit are (L to R) 
Christina DeLuca's '08 garment made from tissue paper and plastic and Erica Desautels' 'og 
dress made of rubber gloves and bio hazard tape. 

12 Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2007 

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Camilla Roy Jewett will be 96 in August 
and is still enjoying life. Best wishes for 
a happy birthday from the Office of 
Alumni Relations. 


Our sincere condolences to Ruth Keyes 
Murdaugh on the death of her sister, 
Dorothy Keyes '38, in September. 

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Our sincere condolences to Doris Barry 
Ponte on the death of her husband, 
John, in November. 

Lucille LaRiviere Disbrow and her hus- 
band, Edward, celebrated their 66th 
wedding anniversary surrounded by 
friends and four generations of family. 
Lucille moved to California in 1950. 


Advice on how to select a new president 
for Lasell from Eleanor Black: "Be sure 
to find a clone of Tom de Witt." 


After 28 years in Orlando, Betty Gorton 
Collier moved north to a retirement 
complex in Exeter, NH, to be near a 
son and daughter. She says, "After two 
weeks I considered myself settled. 
It is delightful to be out of the hot 
and humid weather, and I look forward 
to the cool and cold crisp days in New 
England once again." Before her big 
move, Betty, two daughters, and a 
granddaughter visited Scotland. She 
says, "It was a wonderful week for all 
of us." 


Jeanne Franklin Bates is spending the 
winter in Naples, FL. She has been in 
touch with Sarah Cross Finigan. Jeanne 
says, "We both hope to visit Lasell for 
our 60th reunion." 

Mary-Ida Hanson Olson traveled to 
Antarctica. She reports, "It was an 
amazing trip if you have the stamina. 
There is nothing like it anywhere else." 

"I am still doing water exercising," 
writes Phyllis Haviland Hildebrandt. 

Joyce Hayes Whitman and her husband 
live year-round in Montauk on Long 
Island. Joyce says, "The Atlantic 
Ocean is in front of us." Joyce is a 
busy volunteer. 

Linda Koempel Tompkins writes, 
"We sold our boat last year so we are 
adjusting to our new life. We are 
traveling more and still having fun." 

Our sincere condolences to Joanna 
Lamb Kingsley who was widowed in 
July 2005. 

"My husband and I retired to sunny 
Tucson 13 years ago and love being 
southwestemers," writes Florence 
Lomasney Saltzman. "Our three sons 
and two grandsons live on the east coast 
but we visit frequently." 

Joanne McMillan Mars and her hus- 
band moved to a retirement home in 
central Virginia. Joanne writes, "We 
have a great view of a large pond with 
lots of wildlife to watch." 

Barbara Stickle Mode says, "I hope to 
see all my classmates at reunion." 

Our sincere condolences to Anita 
Triantafel Hatzis on the death of her 
husband in April 2006. Anita writes, 
"I have a lovely family and four beauti- 
ful grandchildren." 

Jane Upton Patten is regretfully unable 
to attend her 60th reunion. She writes, 
"To those of you who will be there, 
may you be as happy as I was when I 
attended my 50th." Jane says she was 
fortunate to see her daughter, Sandra 

Class 0/1946 

Perkins Jones '65, graduate from Lasell. 
Jane and her husband have been enjoy- 
ing retirement for the past eight years. 
They are also continuing the tradition of 
entertaining family and friends at their 
summer home on the lake. She says, 
"The grandchildren learned to swim, 
fish, row, and water ski. Now the grand- 
children's children are beginning to 
arrive, and the cycle will begin again." 


Our sincere condolences to Joan Eaton 
Friborg on the death of her husband 
in August. 

The Alumni Relations Office wishes to 
thank Bubbles Davenport Weidmann 

for her generosity in hosting the 
Aventura, FL alumni event in February. 

Alice Johnson Thornton and her hus- 
band moved to a retirement center in 
West Seattle, right on Puget Sound. 
Alice says, "This is quite a change from 
our home in Naples, FL. We have a 
daughter and son-in-law nearby and 
our son and his family live about two 
hours away." 


Our sincere condolences to Nancy 
Curtis Grellier on the death of her 
husband, Bill, in November. 

Our sincere condolences to Marilyn 
Weeden Davidson on the death of her 
husband. Marilyn has a part-time job 
in an upscale market sampling their 
expensive side dishes. She says, "It is 
fun and helps to pay for the numerous 
repairs on my house." For the holidays, 
Marilyn flew to Vermont to spend time 
with a daughter and son. 

Our sincere condolences to Janet White 
MacLure on the death of her husband 
in December. 


Anne Blake Perkins is surrounded by her six grandchildren all sporting Lasell College 
tee shirts. 


Our sincere condolences to Virginia 
Hopson Griffin on the death of her 
cousin, Ethel "Lu" Griffin Browning '55, 

in December. 

In October, Carolyn Snook Rauscher 

stopped by to see Lasell on her trip to 
Maine. She had this to say: "So many 
changes since my last visit. While 

Spring 2007 

Lasell Class Notes \\ 

Class Notes 

Draper is no longer a Lasell house, it 
still looks good. Sure miss the old Barn. 
It has been over 50 years. Keep up the 
good work on the campus." 


The Alumni Relations Office wishes 
to thank Joanne Monahan Garrity and 
her husband Tom and Jo-Ann Vojir 
Massey and her husband. Trustee 
Dwight, for their generosity in hosting 
the Tarpon Springs and Naples, FL 
alumni events, respectively. Both events 
were held in February. 


Phyllis Gleason Riley and her husband 
still enjoy traveling. In 2006 they went 
to Africa and Mexico, in 2007 to Japan 
and Greece. They also travel to northern 
California to see their daughter and her 
family and to Charlotte, NC to see their 
son and his family. According to Phyllis, 
"It keeps us busy." 

Gloria O'Dwyer Miller is enjoying 
retirement. She has five children and 
17 grandchildren. 

The Alumni Relations Office wishes 
to thank Bobbie Trout Krohn and her 
husband Jim for their generosity in 
hosting the Longboat Key, FL alumni 
event in February. 


Shirley Vara Gallerani and her husband 
purchased a home in Naples, FL, and 
will be spending the winter months 
there. Shirley admits, "We are trying to 
avoid the cold, snow, and wind on Cape 
Cod." Shirley continues, "It is especially 
nice since my sister, June Vara Todaro 
'61, lives in Naples as well as many 
Cape Cod friends." This summer, 
Shirley got together with Mary Ann 
Donahue and Janet Gleason Nolan. 
"We had a good time catching up." 
Shirley also went to visit Bev Thornton 
Hallowell. Bev is hoping that with phys- 
ical therapy she will be able to return to 
her assisted-living home. Shirley says, 
"Bev looks wonderful and is her usual 

cheerful and positive self. I know she 
would love to hear from Lasell friends." 
Shirley concludes, "I hope to see all of 
you at our 55th reunion in 2008!" 


From Honolulu, an update from Bobbie 
Jennings: "I recently organized an 
Aging in Place' program which helps 
older seniors find ways to remain at 
home. I was also in charge of the yacht 
club publicity when we hosted two 
sailors who were circumnavigating the 
world. Just when I complete one project 
another crops up. I love it all, but I do 
miss having free time to head out yon- 
der somewhere." 

"After 36 years in Walnut Creek, CA, 
we decided to buy a townhome in 
Williamsburg, VA. Before making a 
final decision to move back to the east 
coast, we will travel to Virginia three or 
four times to experience the different 
seasons and check it out. My sister, 
June Valter Harding '58, also lives 
there," writes Marilyn Valter Maclay. 
"I hope to see Lasell classmates more 
often and visit the Lasell campus in the 
near future." 


An update from Cynthia Clark Rose- 

Frazee: "All of Hurricane Charley's 
damage has finally been fixed. I am 
busy playing golf, taking care of my 
dog and cat, and enjoying life with my 
husband, Bud." 

Charlie Killam Moller recently jour- 
neyed back to Africa to enjoy her second 
2-week safari in Botswana and South 
Africa. She says, "Africa seems to lure 
many folks back there time and time 
again, and I am one of those folks." 

"Still enjoying our good life in Florida 
and Maine along with some traveling," 
writes Elizabeth Liebewein Snyder. 

Two Cape Codders, Carol Swartz Kumin 
and Cam Carlson Ellsworth, keep up 
with each other by phone. Carol keeps 

Class 0/1958 

(L to R) the Burds (Gail Winalski), the Oswalds (Judy Veldt), the Morgans (Jeanne 
Bradner), the Glovers (Gail Seibert). 

busy with garden club and women's 
club. She sends best regards to the 
Class of '57. 

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Linda Braslow Lefkowitz writes, 
"My husband and I finally became 
grandparents in 2006." 

Laurie Ferrante Cannon is a breast can- 
cer survivor for nine years now. Along 
with her passion and determination to 
never give up, keep busy, and support 
the Breast Cancer Foundation, Laurie 
has added her passion for knitting into 
the equation. She started making pink 
scarves using very large needles and 
wore one of her scarves to a support 
group. They were well received. Laurie 
now has a website,, 
designed by her son, where she adver- 
tises her scarves. 

"I'm traveling, playing golf, and doing 
some of the things I didn't have time 
for during a long career with Monsanto 
Chemical Company," writes Pat Graff 
Willoughby. "I just returned from Laos, 
Vietnam, and Cambodia and am look- 
ing forward to my next trip to see the 
Monarch butterflies in Mexico." 



Faith Bowker-Maloney retired in 1996 
and took custody of four grandchildren 
in 1997. She says, "In my spare time I 
hope to write a book entitled, "Life is 
what happens when you are making 
other plans." She continues, "I hope to 
see many classmates at our 50th. Start 
planning now. Let's make it the best." 

Our sincere condolences to Barbara 
McAlary Kashar on the death of her 
father in September. 


After 22 years as a kindergarten teacher 
and five years as a first-grade teacher, 
Caroline Heck Crane retired in May 
2005. Caroline's children live in 
Washington and Massachusetts so she 
spends time each year driving or flying 
to visit them. Caroline's son got married 
in August 2006 and that made Caroline 
an instant grandparent to two children. 
She writes, "Our third child is Sam, our 
black lab." Caroline says she would 
enjoy hearing from Lasell friends. 


Dee Orben Campbell writes, "We sold 
our New Jersey lake house and will be 
doing more traveling. I am celebrating 
my 16th year with Mary Kay Cosmetics. 
I also do lots of volunteer activities." 

This past fall, Linda Resnick Baer got 

together with former roommate Judy 
Katzoff Holthe who was visiting from 
California. In early October, Linda made 
good use of the 2-1/2 hour layover at the 
Philadelphia airport and met Sheila Keil 
for dinner. Later that month, Linda 
moved from New Hampshire to the 
Wilmington, NC area. 

Arlene Royko O'Connor is still with 
the Bristol VNA. She is enjoying her 
first grandchild who turned one in 
December. Arlene says, "Hi to my 
fellow classmates." 


Mary McDermott Muir accepted the 
position of Wellness Director for the 
Center for Cancer Support & Education 
in Arlington, MA. She is a trained 
Mind Body Therapist, Expressive Arts 
Facilitator, and Reiki Practitioner. Mary 
also has had an individual counseling 
practice since the early 1980s. 

Recently attending their 50th high school reunion in Connecticut were Bev Dansky 
Singer, Betty Anderson Fairchild, Michele Poirier Gorman '60 (who married one of 
their classmates), Jan McPherson Pretto, Gail Winalski Burd, and Carol Christopher. 

1A. Lasell Class Notes 

Spring 2007 

Class Notes 

Class 0/1963 

In a past issue ofLasell Leaves, 
Margo Hicks Waite '63 read that 
Linda Strecker Thorn '62 and her 
husband, Ed, live aboard their lobster 
cruiser, "Sea Smoke, " and travel the 
intra-coastal waterway from Florida 
to Rhode Island. Similarly, Margo 
and her husband, Rob, own a lobster 
boat, "West Wing," and cruised from 
Newport to Florida. Margo says, 
"Thanks to Lasell Leaves Class Notes, 
I was able to track down Linda, and 
the two of us have connected." 


The Alumni Relations Office wishes to 
thank Annette Willock Becker and her 

husband Robert for their generosity in 
hosting the Delray Beach, FL alumni 
event in February. 


"Many years have gone by since I was at 
Lasell, but of all the colleges I attended 
(BA from Tufts University, MEd from 
Cambridge College), Lasell was the best 
and gave me the foundation to learn," 
writes Susie DeWilde. 


"I am planning to retire in May 2007 
after working for 38 years at the 
Kennedy Space Center," writes Susan 
Baxter Brown. "I am looking forward 
to spending more time with my 
family, especially my grandchildren, 
and traveling." 

Susan LiUywhite is now retired and a 
landlord. She writes, "My life partner, 
David, and I built our dream home on 
a piece of land directly on the sea in 
Jamaica, West Indies. We live there at 
least half the year. We have also adopted 
a Jamaican family. I became a mother, 
grandmother, and great-grandmother 
without a labor pain." 


Martha Borawski, president of Pioneer 
Valley Travel in Northampton, MA, was 
honored as one of the 100 top women- 
led businesses in Massachusetts for 
2005 and 2006. 

The Alumni Relations Office wishes to 
thank Elizabeth Ensor Garcia and her 

husband Adolfo for their generosity in 
hosting the Palm Beach, FL alumni 
event in February. 



Our sincere condolences to Betsey 
Shurtleff Winter on the death of her 
husband, Gary. 


Donna Boudreau Carpenter who lived in 
Pickard House remembers the days 
when "the Barn was a hangout, the 
Lasell choir sang with the Boston Pops, 
and the students and faculty had a sit-in 
to protest the Vietnam War." 


Cynthia Scalzi Brown's daughter gradu- 
ated magna cum laude from Cornell 
University and her son is a sophomore 
at Ithaca College. 

"After 15 years as the owner of a whole- 
sale jewelry company, I retired at the 
end of December 2006," writes Nancy 
Zuber Perry. "I plan to spend time 
traveling with my husband, doing volun- 
teer work, and taking some classes. 
I am really looking forward to some 
leisure time." 


Sue Clark Miller writes, "I am moving 
again. My husband took a job in Santa 
Monica, and he and my 20-year old son 
are living out there. I am staying in 
South Carolina until my 16-year-old 
finishes high school. Sue is working 
at the local Chamber of Commerce. 
She says, "I can't wait to get back into 
Environmental Education. I am tired of 
the heels and look forward to my hiking 
boots!" Sue asks, "Hawthorne and 
Bragdon/McClelland roomies '73 and 
'74, I would love to hear from you. 
Where are you, and what are you doing 
these days?" 


An update from Laura Kaplan Ouellet: 

"Four years ago I moved to Colorado 
Springs with my husband Mark. I work 
on the nursing staff for a dermatologist 
and love living in the foothills of the 
beautiful Rocky Mountains. My oldest 
son was married last year and is serving 
in the U.S. Army. 


"To the class of 1977, please clear out 
your calendars and plan to come to 
Boston this spring for our 30th reunion. 
No excuses. The weatherman promises 
that it will not snow unlike the gradua- 
tion weekend in May 1977," writes 
Lynne Pantaleo-Congdon. "Does anyone 
remember Women's Week and when the 
author of the book, 'Our Bodies Our 
Selves,' came to speak?" Lynn has 

already heard from Meg Benoit Sapia 

who has promised to come. Other news 
from Lynn: "My daughter will be a 
freshman at Lasell this coming fall." 


In October, the pictures and photo- 
graphs by artist Sandra Beraha were 
the featured works in a gallery in Quito, 
Ecuador. On opening night, Sandra 
said, "Lots of people came and applaud- 
ed. There were some prospective buy- 
ers. I also received news for another 

Donna Kelly- Williams is a vice presi- 
dential candidate for the Massachusetts 
Nurses Association. 

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"We will be having our 25th reunion 
in 2008," reminds Caroline Knoener- 
Skowronek. "For those of us who attend 
every five years (Sue Senofonte Preis, 
Julia Schaum Ortale, Joan O'Connor, 
and Lisa Adams Edwards), we have a 
really good time. Put the past in the 
past, and come and have a great time! 
See you soon." 


Tara O'Leary O'Donovan is the market- 
ing manager for Bake 'n Joy Foods. She 
has been with the company for 12 years. 
In her spare time she practices yoga 
several times a week. 

Our sincere condolences to Heather 
Putnam Goliber on the loss of her 
mother, Jane Chevers '60, in 



Kristen Walsh Ward, who lives in 
Missouri, is a stay-at-home mom 
and has two daughters. 



"Turned the big 40 in December," 
writes Zena Perez de Lemos. "I am 

enjoying life with my husband of 16 
years and my three beautiful children. 


An update from Susan Merz: "I am 
teaching kindergarten in Providence, 
RI. I am also having the best time 
selling Mary Kay cosmetics. You will 
receive a free gift from me if you make 
a purchase online and mention you are 
a Lasell alumna." 


Deb Lestch is working at a preschool in 
Lexington, MA. Her co-teacher is Ruth 
Willoughby Walton '69. 


Jami Zaiatz Stebbins and her husband, 
Eric, are living in Middleboro, MA. 
A stay-at-home mom, Jami says, "It is 
truly my calling." Regarding her son 
and daughter, she admits, "We couldn't 
ask for more." 



Andrea Vlahos Ober writes, "My full- 
time job is working at a day program 
for adults with mental retardation. My 
part-time job is a patient coordinator at 
a dental office." 

Class 0/2001 

Two Lasell classmates attended 
Siobhan Smith Stoney's wedding in 
August. (L to R) Andrea Kimball '04, 
Siobhan's husband Rich Stoney, and 
Sarah King Cherington '02 


"I finished my Master's degree from 
Simmons College School of Social 
Work," writes Shelby Derissaint, "and 
am currently working at a small Charter 
School in Boston." 

Carrie Trombley Gardner writes, "I am 
still in my hometown of Bennington, 
VT. I have just made a job change from 
third-grade teacher to reading teacher 
because it gives me more time at home. 
We own our own home, and things 
are great." 

Class 0/2002 

Brittany Jackson '01 and Lawens 
Fevrier tied the knot in 2006. 

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Lasell Class Notes 1 5 

Class Notes 


Karina Fontanez has accepted the posi- 
tion of Development Associate in the 
Alumni and Development Office at 
Regis College in Weston, MA. 

"Let me know what you are up to," 
says David Mclnnis. 


Alicia Cranford Corrigan is working at 

a preschool in Lexington, MA. 

From Fort Worth, TX, Molly Merchant, 
Senior Analyst Accountant with 
American Airlines, writes, "I am about 
to sit for the first of the 4-part CPA 
exam, and I purchased my first home. 
I have been fortunate because it seems 
that there are opportunities behind 
every door through which I come. 
1 started my MBA before I moved to 
Texas, and now I would like to go back 
full-time and do the whole 2-year MBA 
program. If I come back to Boston my 
first choice would be the Sloan School." 

An update from Mary Pat Smyth: "I 
have been working full-time as a special 
education para-professional since gradu- 
ating from Lasell. In my spare time, 
I created Smyth and Company, an 
online store that designs and produces 
fine quality, handmade, special occasion 
dresses and accessories for girls. I 
design all the clothing and accessories. 
You can visit my store at " 

Nicole Spaulding is an athletic trainer 
with the Mulrenan Physical Therapy 
Clinic in Wobum, MA. She is a "first 
responder" when sports-related 
injuries occur at Woburn Memorial 
High School. 


In November, Jessica Leporacci accepted 
the position of wedding coordinator for 
the Stateroom in Boston. '« 

Save These Dates: 

Upcoming Alumni Events 

Throughout the year, the new President, 
Michael Alexander, and members of the 
Institutional Advancement staff will be 
traveling around the country to meet with 
alumni from all class years at Lasell gather- 
ings. It's a chance to meet and network 
with other alumni in your geographic area 
while also hearing the latest information 
about Lasell. The office creates and mails . 
all invitations. Please contact the Alumni 
Relations Office if you can help to provide 
ideas, organize an event, etc. 

Our contact information is: 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue, 
Newton, MA 02466-2716. 
617-243-2139, 617-243-2467, 

College campus — Friday - Sunday, May 18-20 — All Alumni 
are invited to attend Alumni Weekend '07, especially those 
whose year ends in "2" or "7." 

Red Sox at Fenway Park - 

Monday, June 16, 3:55 p.m., Bertucci's 2:30 p.m. 

Red Sox at Fenway Park - 

Monday, August 13, 7:05 p.m., Bertucci's 5:30 p.m. 

Red Sox at Fenway Park - 

Wednesday, September 5, 7:05 p.m., Bertucci's 5:30 p.m. 

Cocktail reception at the home of Nancy Curtis Grellier '49 in 
Madaket on Nantucket Island, MA. Wednesday July 18, 5 - 7 p.m. 



Graduates Of 
the Last Decade 


Lasell hosted a Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) reception on March 2g. The recent 
graduates caught up with classmates, networked, and learned what's happening at Lasell. 




Sponsored by Sodcxo 
Lasell CAMPUS CENTER ~ 1st floor 

Saturday, May 19, 2007 
4 — 5 p.m. 

More info on all reunion events (p> 

President Tom de Witt 

A Tisket a Tasket...A Fune/raising Basket 

Lasell Alumni, Inc. is sponsoring a raffle of Theme Gift Baskets 
during Reunion Weekend to raise funds for the Alumni 
Scholarship Fund. 

Baskets are displayed on the web site to 
allow folks to view them in advance. So get creative! Possible 
baskets include: 

Wine Basket 
Baby Basket 
Gardening Basket 
Cooking Basket 

• Movie Night Basket 

• Car Care Basket 

• Sports Basket 

• Spa Basket 

For more information, please contact Emily Alter, Assistant 
Director, Alumni Relations, (617) 243-2467. 


Lasell Class Notes 

Spring 2007 

Nota Bene 


Susan Merz '93 to Jim Cambio 

Amy Kohut '95 to Corey Farina 

Jarrod VanDerwerken '02 to 

Stacey Pollock 

Amy Cooley '03 to Ryan Ebeling 

Karina Fontanez '03 to Phillip Holmes 

Amanda Frenette '03 to Justin Whitfield 

Matthew Hutchinson '03 to Jessica 
Leporacci '05 

Bryan Silveira '03 to Stephanie 
Svolis '05 

Tanya Barbosa '04 to Michael 
Gallagher '04 

Amy Pilat '04 to Michael Weksner 

Serena Rusack '04 to Rui Serrazina 

Alana Santillo '04 to Stephen Carvelli 

Amy Sprague '04 to Soren Sundberg 

Stephanie Svolis '05 to Bryan Silveira '03 

Jessica Leporacci '05 to Matthew 
Hutchinson '03 

Elizabeth D'Esopo '06 to Chris Bauch 

Sylvie Norian '06 to Emil Yeghiaian 


Judie Adams '61 to Jerry Darling 

Susan Shaw Long '64 to Charles Ady 
on October 21, 2006 

Anne Ames Heimbach '66 to T. Owen 
Butler on November 11, 2006 

Susan Boles '74 to Anthony Burnham 
on June 10, 2006 

Darlene Leason '84 to Michael Cote 
on June 25, 2006 

Stacey Farrar '95 to Derek Robinson 
on September 23, 2006 

Sonia Provost '98 to Erik Pasters on 
April 8, 2006 

Aimee Abdallah '00 to Neil Huntemann 
on September 16, 2006 

Cynthia Brown '01 to Jason Fram on 
July 14, 2006 

Brittany Jackson '01 to Lawens 
Fevrier '02 

Siobhan Smith '01 to Rich Stoney 
on August 26, 2006 

Andrea Vlahos '01 to Nicholas Ober 
on September 30, 2006 

Nicole Arvanigian '02 to Daniel Apelian 

Lawens Fevrier '02 to Brittany 
Jackson '01 

Cyrina McDonald '03 to Dan Kinahan 
on September 30, 2006 

Carla Mercurio '03 to Josh Cross '03 
in August 2006 

Alicia Cranford '04 to Justin Corrigan 
on November 19, 2006 


Stacy Shriro Mocciaro '88, a daughter, 
Addison Payge, on November 6, 2006 

Nicole Positano White '96, a son, Jacob 
Nicholas, on October 23, 2006 

Stacy Rawson Sheldon '98, a son, Brady 
Alexander, on January 25, 2007 

Jaime Johnson Burge '99, a son, 
Christopher Ryan, on August 26, 2006 

Carrie Trombley Gardner '02, a son, 
Lucas Xavier, on October 8, 2006 


Virginia Wood Clark '26 

on December 23, 2006 

Ruth Hutton '27 

Lorraine Clark Wein '31 

on September 5, 2006 

Jeanne Price Crye '32 

on December 1, 2006 

Cecelia Zelasko Craig x-'33 

on October 29, 2006 

Helen Joyce Cardozo '33 

on January 5, 2007 

Jean Gilbert Carley '34 

on November 11, 2006 

Margaret "Peg" McKeon Barry '34 

on August 3, 2006 

Elizabeth Clark Stillman '35 

on December 1, 2006 

Virginia Hall Warren '36 

on June 15, 2006 

Dorothy Paine Chaucer '36 

on December 8, 2006 

Ruth Baber Lounsbury '37 

Lucille Huse Chappell '37 

in November 2006 

Barbara Potter Fyfe '37 

on August 1, 2006 

Florence Kent Parks '38 
on December 18, 2006 

Dorothy Keyes '38 

on September 7, 2006 

Miriam Nye Newcomb '38 

on July 9, 2006 

Audrey Slawson Drake '38 

on July 20, 2006 

Eltress Huber Means '39 

on February 1, 2007 

Ellen O'Connell Smith '39 

on September 29, 2006 

Barbara Small Walsh '39 

on January 12, 2007 

Janice Donavan Neal '40 

on October 31, 2006 

Janice Thomas '40 

on January 20, 2007 

Jane Abbott Wiederhold '41 

on January 18, 2007 

Dorothy O'Neil Rafferty '41 

on July 11, 2006 

Gertrude Royce Johnson '41 

on January 13, 2006 

Betty McDow Darcy '42 

on December 17, 2006 

Phyllis Reinhardt Gorman '42 

on September 14, 2006 

Barbara Walworth Starr '42 

on October 9, 2006 

Doris O'Connor Adams '43 

on January 31, 2007 

Jean Perry Thompson '43 

on September 21, 2006 

Barbara Staples Virgie '44 

on October 4, 2006 

Grace Rayfuse '46 

on September 2, 2006 

Marcia Kesseli Allen '47 

Jane Edsall Jacobs '48 

on February 24, 2006 

Carol Cedergren Salerno '49 

on December 27, 2006 

Barbara Potier Grzebien Grey '49 

on January 20, 2007 

Nancy Coggeshall Foose '50 

on July 1, 2006 

Carolyn "Bunny" Judd Hayes '50 

on September 18, 2006 

Jean Ostrander Lowman '50 

on December 15, 2006 

Barbara Rock Wallingford '50 

on December 28, 2005 

Carmen Welch Clark '50 

on September 23, 2006 

Priscilla Clark Green '52 

on June 23, 2006 

Frederica Holt Durante '52 

on June 28, 2006 

Joan Lee Crump '52 

on November 13, 2006 

Katherine Mayer Shilo '52 

on October 30, 2006 

Dorothy Mulhere Barrett '52 

on January 25, 2007 

Jane Packard Ackley '52 

on January 9, 2007 

Barbara Daniels Smith '53 

on October 1, 2006 

Marie Low Christensen '53 

on October 21, 2006 

Shirley Herold Johnson '54 

on October 25, 2006 

Dorothy Campbell '55 

on July 23, 2006 

Ethel "Lu" Griffin Browning '55 

on December 26, 2006 

Helen Decker Hillman '56 

on December 24, 2006 

Elaine Jacobs Albert '59 

on December 17, 2006 

Jane Chevers '60 

on November 27, 2006 

Anne Pers Himoff'61 

on November 12, 2006 

Joanne O'Brien Ricciardi '65 

on December 17, 2006 

Katherine Cooke Lavalley '67 

Judith Shea Borek '67 

on September 4, 2006 

Ann Dunn-Coulam '77 

on September 1, 2006 

Lisa Cook Madow '81 

on September 13, 2006 

Ruth Kneisel, former staff, 

November 22, 2006 

George Lane, (former English professor) 

and Lasell medallion recipient, 
March 5, 2007 

Edward R. Lawson, (former English 
professor), November 12, 2006 

Arthur "Bill" Grellier, 

husband of Trustee 
Nancy Curtis 
Grellier '49, died on 
November 13, 2007. 
The two founded the 
WANT Advertiser 
from the kitchen of their Sudbury home 
in August 1957 and worked side by side 
until Bill's retirement in 1987. "He had 
three favorite things," says Nancy, "his 
family (they have four children), travel, 
and Nantucket." 

Bill supported Nancy in her avid 
dedication to Lasell, as she served on 
the Board of Trustees and the Alumni 
Association's Board of Management. 
In 1999 they made a generous gift in 
honor of Nancy's 50th reunion towards 
building an NCAA regulation-size 
soccer field. This past June, Grellier 
Field was rededicated after the couple 
made another much appreciated dona- 
tion and the instillation of FieldTurf 
was completed, making it a three-season 
playing field. Bill is sorely missed by 
the Lasell community. 

Clinton "Clint" 
Petersen passed 
away on July 5, 
2006. As a professor 
of accounting 
at Babson College, 
Clint shared his wife 
Jean Michael Petersen's '39 commitment 
to the value of education. The two of 
them gave life to the establishment of 
the Brennan Library Society during the 
Lasell 150 Campaign. With his support, 
a generous Campaign gift directed to 
the Library's endowment was made 
in honor of Jean's reunion. 

The couple was among the first to move 
into Lasell Village and this strengthened 
their ties to the College. The hard work 
that Jean did at the Winslow Archives 
convinced them that they would like to 
make a gift towards its expansion, 
ensuring that the archival treasures 
would be well documented and preserved 
for future generations to come. The 
project was completed in 2005 and the 
Petersen's extraordinary generosity was 
celebrated at the dedication. 

Spring 2007 

Lasell Class Notes 17 

Campus updat 

Imagination and Professionalism Displayed 

First Fall Connected Learning Symposium Held in December 

This year, for the first time, there will 
be two Connected Learning Symposia. 
The initial event was held in de Witt Hall 
in December and was a huge success. 

"This Symposium was a wonderful 
expression of the diverse talent in our 
community," says President de Witt. 
"Lasell is blessed with dedicated, 
creative, compassionate teachers and 

students. I was entertained by Athletic 
Training students explaining complex 
physiological problems through humor- 
ous skits, marveled at the artistic 
expressions produced by graphic design 
and fashion students, proud of those 
engaged in civic and charitable projects, 
impressed by budding mathematicians, 
and intrigued by the range of projects 
offered by the honors students." '¥ 



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Freshmen Digital Design Students (L to R) Jordan Malizia, Zoe Johndrow, Samantha 
Kelly, Alyssa Vetera, Fernando Pino, (Seated) Allison Geojfroy and Emely DelSanto 
share their connected learning projects — newsletters designed to highlight College centers, 
activities, and initiatives. 

Brian Whelan 'oy explains to Athletic Director Kristy Walter the poster on navigation and 
aircraft tracking that he made for his Applied Trigonometry class. 

Polka Dots and Computers 

What's New in the Library? 

by Allyson Cray, Director, Brennan Library 

wf hen people walk into the library we 
often hear "WOW, it looks like a differ- 
ent place!" Big polka dots surround 
the new cafe which opened this fall. 
Students can buy drinks, sandwiches 
etc. The cafe is also WIFI, or wired for 
the Internet, which enables students to 
bring their laptops into the cafe and 
work on projects. The cafe is also a 
place to relax since we have games, 
and the current magazines. Just beyond 
the cafe are the new club chairs, great 
for waiting for friends or just reading 
a book. 

But that is not all that has changed. 
We have added viewing stations for 
the DVD and videos that students 
need to watch for classes as well as io 
more computers in the public areas. 
We re-arranged the book and periodical 

collections so that the reference books 
are the first ones you see as you enter 
the library. We were able to discard 
many unused magazines that were 
available online which helped us clean 
up the periodical collection. So much 
information is available through the 
Internet or through purchased databas- 
es that students will do much of their 
research online. 

That doesn't mean that books are going 
away. Take a look at our website: and look 
on the left for the link — New Items; 
Recent Acquisitions. Over ioo titles are 
listed for January, e.g. Fashion Design 
on Computers, Roman Britain, A New 
History and A Concise History of the 
Third Reich. 

Students use the comfortable seating area beyond the library's new cafe. 

Books, magazines, DVD players, com- 
puters and a cafe are all part of our 
services and information resources for 

our students. Come in to browse our 
collections, watch a movie, have a 
snack, or just relax. * 


Lasell Class Notes 

Spring 2007 

CampUS Update 

"Project Prom" 

Lasell Fashion Student is Finalist in Boston Clobe Contest 

lnf hen the Boston Globe decided to 
invite local college fashion design stu- 
dents to sketch out their vision of the 
perfect prom gown, they didn't give 
much advance notice. "It was rush, 
rush, rush," recalls Fashion Professor 
Joan Morris. "I heard in late November 
and exams and holiday break were fast 
approaching. The students had to take 
the time during this really busy period 
to come up with a design, get the 
paperwork signed by me, and submit 
everything by December 29. It was a 
lot to ask, but it was a great opportunity 
for them to get exposure." 

The hard work paid off for the three 
Lasell students who took the time 
and effort to enter the contest: Lauren 
Gauthier '07 was named as one of the 
four finalists and Heather Daigle '07 
and Justine Dusenbery '07 were run- 
ners up. 

"I got the call at the end of January 
telling me that Lauren was one of the 
four winners and I wanted to give her 
the great news immediately," says 
Professor Morris, "but she had gone 
home to Connecticut for the weekend 
and I didn't want to distract her while 
she was driving." 

"I had no idea what Professor Morris 
was calling about," recalls Lauren, "and 
when she told me I couldn't believe it! 
The entry preparations had gone by in 
such a blur. There was so littie time and 
the Globe hadn't given us any parame- 
ters. It could be any kind of a prom 
dress so I took a design that I was going 
to include in my senior collection and 
transformed it. It's a short dress and the 
front and back bodice is meant to take 
on the shape of a cupcake. The rich 
combination of mint green and choco- 
late brown give the dress a delicate and 
'yummy' appearance. I had a lot of fun 
with it." 


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(L to R) Globe finalist Lauren Gauthier '07 
and runner-up Justine Dusenbery 'oy. 
Missing runner-up Heather Daigle 'oy. 

Lauren picks out the material for the 
prom dress. 

On Sunday, March 4, the Globe maga- 
zine carried a two-page spread showing 
the prom dresses of the four finalists. 
The newspaper's next step was to select 
four high school juniors and seniors 
from the written entries the Globe had 
received, saying which of the four win- 
ning dresses they would like to wear 
and why it suits their fashion style. 

"The students come from all over 
Massachusetts," says Lauren. "I have 
been paired up with Celismarie 
Hernandez from Lowell. Before we actu- 
ally met, we talked on the phone and 
exchanged emails. Soon she will come 
to Lasell, I will take measurements, start 
to work up a pattern, and then we will 
have to arrange for fittings." 

The Globe gave each of the four 
winners a $500 budget to go to the 
Fabric Place and pick out the materials 
for their designs. When the gowns are 
completed they will be featured in the 
May 13th Sunday Globe Magazine and 
readers will vote for their favorite. 
"We're going to have a 'get out and 
vote for Lauren' campaign," says 
Professor Morris. 

In spite of the excitement, this project 
involves a lot of work and comes at a 
time when Lauren is trying to complete 
her Senior collection, titled "With a 
Twist." "Each of my dresses is based on 
a different cocktail drink," she explains. 
"Like my prom dress concept, they are 
all short because I think this makes a 
dress more versatile." 

After graduation, Lauren would like 
to start her own business using the 
internet as her sales vehicle. "People 
are buying that way more and more," 
she explains. With the publicity she is 
receiving from the Globe, she is off to 
a fast start. '«■' 


Lauren's prom dress concept as it appeared in the Sunday Globe Magazine. 

"Our love of fashion gave us the desire to start a club on campus to show what Lasell 
students are capable of," says Tia Jackson 'oy, who founded the Trendsetters Fashion Club 
in the fall of 2006 with fellow fashion majors Yazmin Colon 'oy and Sonjia Williams 'oy. 
"We strive to set 'trends' through volunteering, helping others, gaining and providing infor- 
mational knowledge, and most importantly building confidence. " Shown above are (L to R) 
Tia Jackson 'oy, Fashion Professor Jill Carey, and Yazmin Colon 'oy. 

Spring 2007 

Lasell Leaves IQ 

Campus Update 

Focus and Hard Work 

Students Balance Studies and Checkbooks 

Coming to college without much 
money has a huge impact on students' 
lives and requires an enormous amount 
of motivation," said Social Science 
Professor Marsha Mirkin, as she 
introduced the student panel at a 
Donahue Institute sponsored session 
titled "Money Matters." "Trying to earn 
a degree while holding down a job is 
a challenge faced by many Lasell stu- 
dents and they must develop strengths 
and strategies to get through their 
four years." 

Each of the students on the panel faced 
a unique situation and all had developed 
their own coping mechanisms. 

"I fell in love with Lasell and was deter- 
mined to come here," said Desiree 
Milner-McKay '09. "The hitch was that 
I thought it would cost half of what it 
really does, and when I found out about 
the real bottom line my mother was ter- 
ribly concerned and wondered where 
the money would come from. 

"I was determined to make it work and, 
by trying to do everything, I know I'm 
overextended. Sunday is the only day I 
have to unwind. However, one thing . 
I've learned is that there are always 
people on campus who are willing to 
help you, which is a huge reason to 
stay involved." 

"I have my days laid out on a grid," said 
Salvatore Gianni '08. "I work three jobs 
and do my sleeping and homework 

between classes. I requested a single 
because I need to keep on my schedule 
in order to keep my life under control." 

Mabel Valenzuela '07 has to balance her 
internship with her job and her other 
classes. "This leaves no time to play vol- 
leyball," she said. "It's hard to develop 
myself as a student or to step back and 
appreciate college life. I never have a 
full day off, but this keeps me from pro- 
crastinating. I try to look at it positively. 
I am working towards my goal, which 
is to graduate and be able to be what 
I want." 

Tracie Durda '07 also has to fit her 
internship into her busy schedule. 
"I'm working a 16 hour shift at my 
job on Saturdays and I'm helping 
with the yearbook. I'm always busy, 
but it's doable." 

"At 16 I dropped out of school and 
thought college was totally out of the 
question," said Ryan Kenney '10. "I've 
worked at a lot of jobs and along the 
way I got my GED. Now I'm working 
full time at Lasell driving the shuttle 
van. This has enabled me to take classes 
here, so I'm enrolled in two. I've devel- 
oped time management skills and when 
I'm in class I really pay attention." 

None of the students on the panel 
expect special treatment. "I don't want 
to hear, 'I know the situation you're in,'" 
said Desiree. "Most of us are already 
beating ourselves up for feeling that 

(L to R) Professor Marsha Mirkin, Desiree Milner-McKay '09, Mabel Valenzuela 'oj, 
Ryan Kenney '10, Tracie Durda 'oj, and Salvatore Gianni '08 are the panel members at 
a discussion on "Money Matters. " 

we're not giving 100 percent. If a partic- 
ularly difficult situation arises, I hope 
that the teacher is open-minded." 

All the students were concerned about 
the high cost of text books, which can 
range from $500 - $700. "If they're on 
reserve, I'll use them," says Salvatore. 
"It's one more thing in the financial 
problems column. I'm constantly think- 
ing, 'When is the paper due? When is 
the credit card due?'" 

Considering all the stresses involved 
with the effort to receive a degree, 
Professor Mirkin asked, "What have 
you gained, what makes it worth it?" 

Some of the responses were: "A great 
feeling of independence;" "Where I'll 
be at the end;" "Setting an example for 
my little sister;" "Learning how to get 
by with less;" "Following my dream;" 
and "Having the people at home 
say 'Yes!'" '« 

First- Year Academic Achievement Awards 

First-Year Fall Dean's List recipients, members of the Honors Program, and Presidential Scholars pause for photos during the First-Year Academic Achievement Awards Program. This is the 
first year this group has been celebrated, and a reception was held for students, parents, faculty, advisors, and staff. 

20 Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2007 

CampUS Update 

Focus on Mexico and Guatemala 

Donahue Institute Events Highlight Human Rights 

The Lasell student body had the oppor- 
tunity to hear two Donahue Institute 
for Values & Public Life sponsored 
speakers discuss human rights issues 
and the realities that face our southern 
neighbors. "Many of us are unaware 
of what is and has happened so near 
to us and we were very fortunate to 
have Reverend Delle McCormick, 
Executive Director of Border Links 
and Jillian Tuck of the Network in 
Solidarity with the People of Guatemala 
(NISGUA) come and speak to us," 
says Tessa LeRoux, Director of the 
Donahue Institute. 

"Both speakers touched on topics that 
are directly linked to some classes as 
connected learning activities," she 
explains. "A number of classes are 

Reverend Delle McCormick lived and 
worked in Mexico for eight years. 

focusing on immigration issues and 
Professor Denny Frey's class on 
Genocide was a co-sponsor of the 
Guatamalan event." 

BorderLinks is a bi-national organiza- 
tion dedicated to building healthy 
relationships between North and Latin 
America and focuses particularly on the 
U.S. /Mexico immigration issue. "There 
are 12 million undocumented people in 
the United States today," explained Rev. 
McCormick, "and the Arizona/Mexico 
border is the most heavily trafficked 
channel for crossing. In the desert 
there are thousands of paths that 
change on a regular basis as Mexicans 
seek unparrolled routes into the States." 

With the erecting of a 15-foot wall 
and the addition of 6,000 National 
Guardsmen as armed sentinels, the 
flow of illegal immigrants has slowed. 
"What we are seeing is the militariza- 
tion of our borders," says Reverend 
McCormick. "Environmental protection 
laws have been overturned and racial 
profiling and harassment are an every 
day occurrence." 

BorderLinks is committed to education 
as a way of transformation. "We meet 
with small groups so that the migrants 
can make a thoughtful decision about 
what they are about to attempt to do," 
she explains. "With 70% of the popula- 
tion of Mexico living below the poverty 
line and 33% of the population having 
no access to education, it is easy to 
understand the reason why life else- 
where looks better. It is vital that we 

all think critically about global 
economics and that we put a human 
face on globalization." 

Jillian Tuck, a human rights accompa- 
nier for NISGUA, put a personal 
perspective on nine communities in 
the municipality of Rabinal in 
Guatemala that suffered devastating 
massacres at the hands of the army 
during the genocide of the 1980s. 

Giving a brief history of Guatemalan 
politics, Jillian explained that 1944 to 
1954 was a period of democracy. "There 
were 10 years of spring, when women 
were given the right to vote, unions 
were legalized and the land was redis- 
tributed to the poor farmers," she said. 
"Then followed 40 years of civil war. 

"The guerrillas fought the military as 
the Guatemalan army began a scorched 
earth campaign," explains Jillian. 
"It was very bloody and large scaled, 
with 200,000 people killed and 1.5 
million displaced." 

While in Guatemala, Jillian traveled 
to the villages of Plan de Sanchez and 
Aqua Fria whose populations were 
massacred by the army. "The army 
surrounded Plan de Sanchez on 
market day, raped the women and 
then machine gunned everyone. 
There were 626 other massacres 
that played out the same way. It was a 
systematic campaign." 

Now that she is back in the States, 
Jillian is working for NISGUA, 

In Agua Fria, Guatemala a priest performs 
a burial ritual, making offerings so that 
massacred souls can find peace. 

educating groups about the genocide. 
"In recent years, bold communities of 
survivors have been preparing legal 
cases against the regimes of those who 
were in power during the violence on 
charges of genocide, war crimes, and 
crimes against humanity. Their efforts, 
while of a highly personal nature on one 
hand, are of monumental importance 
for greater Guatemala, a country whose 
aspirations for human rights, rule of 
law, and democracy have met with 
violent repression over the decades 
and remain largely unfulfilled. 

"International pressure is extremely 
potent. The more people we have in 
the States paying attention and lending 
support, the better." '¥ 

Student Tutors Share Their Expertise 

Technology Across the Curriculum 

I his fall, students in a team-taught 
information technology class were 
tapped to tutor their non-technical peers 
to help them understand and use soft- 
ware applications such as Excel, Word, 
and PowerPoint. This connected learn- 
ing experience was part of Technology 
Across the Curriculum, a College 
initiative designed to insure that Lasell 
graduates attain a high level of fluency 
in the area of information technology. 

"Our advanced students are learning 
how to communicate their knowledge 
in a number of different venues," says 
Computer and Information Science 
Professor Linda Bruenjes. "Some are 
giving one-on-one tutoring sessions in 
the Academic Achievement Center, 

some have written documentation 
that will appear as hard copy and as 
web-based references, and others have 
created video presentations to explain 
specific software programs. 

"We also have started Just-in-Time 
workshops for specific courses designed 
according to the specifications of the 
faculty member who is giving the 
course. This way the students can 
learn how to use technology tools to 
report research findings, analyze 
financial rations, or present in a 
professional manner. 

"This fall, Massesse Armand '07 ran 
such a workshop for a class given by 
Sociology Professor Jennifer Drew. 

He is a Computer Science major who 
has developed good leadership skills 
and, because he had taken Professor 
Drew's course in the past, he was both 
familiar with the class material and with 
the presentation software that the stu- 
dents were going to need to use for it. 

"It is much less intimidating to ask 
a peer questions about computer 
problems. And, by putting the student 
tutors in the driver's seat, they are 
given the opportunity to learn how to 
express themselves clearly and share 
their knowledge with non-technical 
peers — a skill they will need as IT 
professionals." W 

Tutor Joseph Edwards '08 pauses to see if 
students have any questions. 

Spring 2007 

Lasell Leaves 21 

CampUS Update 

Faculty/Staff Update 

tChad Argotsinger 
has joined Lasell 
as the Director of 
Student Activities 
and Orientation. 
He comes to the 
College with an 
extensive background in student 
development and co-curricular 
activities. Most recently, Chad was 
the Assistant Director of Student 
Activities for Co-Curricular Development 
at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. 
In the area of new student program- 
ming, Chad has worked with 
orientation programs at three 
institutions (including Washington 
State University) and is a frequent 
presenter at professional conferences. 

f Stephanie Athey, 

Ph.D., an Associate 
Professor of English 
I ■ in the Humanities 
Department whose 
areas of specializa- 
tion include 
women's and gender studies, American 
ethnic literature, American literature, 
received the Faculty Leadership in 
Service- Learning award from the 
Massachusetts Campus Compact. 
Dr. Athey was one of five award winners 
from across the state and was cited for 
demonstrating extraordinary creativity 
and leadership in the area of service- 
learning. As one of the five recipients, 
Dr. Athey will be part of a team advocat- 
ing for service-learning at both Lasell 
and throughout the Massachusetts 
higher education community. 

In a statement announcing Dr. Athey's 
honor, Jim Ostrow, Vice President for 
Academic Affairs, said, "This is a 
well-deserved honor, recognizing both 
Stephanie's extraordinary work in the 
area of international service-learning in 
partnership with Helen Alcala, as well 
as her service-learning and scholarship 
in other areas. There is no doubt that 
this award is made in recognition of the 
wonderful and varied service-learning 
work conducted by so many of our 
faculty. Congratulations go also to 
Sharyn Lowenstein, Director of the 
Center for Community Based Learning 
(CCBL), Tessa LeRoux, Director of the 
Donahue Institute, and Melissa Martin, 
Coordinator of Student Programs for 
the CCBL and the Donahue Institute 
for their leadership in this area." 

^^^^ Diane M. Austin. 

f ^k Dean of Student 

Affairs, delivered 
a keynote address 
^ ^J at the Region I 

«; ^^ drive-in conference 

of the National 
Association of Student Personnel 
Administrators (NASPA); the title of 
the conference was: "Hot Topics in 
Student Affairs," and it took place at 
the University of Connecticut, Storrs 
on October 13, 2006; the title of her 
address was "Helicopter Parents: 
Smooth Landing?" 

As a result of that presentation, Dean 
Austin was invited to present an all- 
morning session for the professional 
Student Affairs staff at UMass - Lowell 
on January 11, 2007. The title of that 
session was "Millennial Students and 
their Helicopter Parents." 

Courtney Bigger 

has joined Lasell as 
Career Counselor 
in the Office of 
Career Services. 
She received her 
BS in Human 
Development and Family Studies from 
the University of Connecticut, Storrs 
and her Master of Arts degree in 
Psychology from Marist College. While 
studying for her Master's degree, she 
did an internship in the Career and 
Counseling Services at Dutchess 
Community College. 

Steven F. Bloom, 

Ph.D., Dean of 
Education and 
Professor of 
English in the 
of Humanities, authored "Student 
Companion to Eugene O'Neill" to 
be published by Greenwood Press 
in June, 2007. 

Professor Bloom is the President of the 
Eugene O'Neill Society (2006 - 2008) 
and has been a member of the Society's 
Board of Directors since 2000. He was 
the Book Reviews Editor of The Eugene 
O'Neill Review from 1988 until 2004. 
He has published numerous articles 
and reviews on O'Neill in The Eugene 
O'Neill Review and elsewhere, and he 
has spoken on O'Neill at many profes- 
sional conferences and other public 
forums. Professor Bloom has been 
teaching courses in drama, media 
studies, literature, and writing for 
more than 25 years. 

Christopher Lynett 

has joined 
the Enrollment 
Management team. 
Chris is the 
N^ Director of Web 

\ ,\ ' and Electronic 

Communication for Enrollment 
Management. He comes to Lasell from 
Fallon Clinic where he has been the 
Webmaster for the last two years. Prior 
to that, he was a senior Web analyst 
and Web content manager for Millipore 
Corporation. He has a Bachelor of 
Science in Marketing and a grad 
certificate in Web development. 

Marsha Mirkin, 

Ph.D., an Assistant 
Professor of 
Psychology in the 
Department of 
Social Sciences 
is conducting a 
research project on the experiences of 
college-age immigrant students and 
children of immigrants. Dr. Mirkin is 
working with three Lasell students, 
Mabel Valenzuela '07, Merryl Raubeson 
'08 and Megan Clinton '07 on the 
project. She and Hugo Kamya, Ph.D. 
are revising a chapter on family 
therapy with immigrant families that 
will appear in "Re-Visioning Family 
Therapy," edited by Monica McGoldrick 
and Ken Hardy, to be published by 
Guilford Press. In April, Dr. Mirkin 
will also be a presenter at the 
Multicultural Family Therapy 
Conference on the impact of having 
a mentally ill family member. 

Head Men's Soccer 
Coach Giovanni 
Pacini was named 
Chair of the Soccer 
Program College 
Task Force, a 
program designed to promote the game 
of soccer at every level in the United 
States. He is the State Technical 
Coordinator for Massachusetts of the 
National Soccer Coaches Association 
of America and serves on the National 
Goalkeeper Academy staff. 

Adjunct faculty 
member Peter 
Plourde, who 

taught Event 
Planning at Lasell 
last Fall, was fea- 
tured recently in a 
front page Living section of the Boston 
Globe. The focus was on Peter's 
Rap career. Peter and his class were 

•A 'Ks-d'Jide. In 

instrumental in planning the Hospitality 
Management Advisory Board Dinner at 
Lasell, The Globe article included a quote 
from Mercedes Garcia-Bancroft '08, a 
Fashion Merchandising and Honors 
Program junior at Lasell. 

aMimi Reddicliffe, 
Professor of 
English in the 
Department of 
Humanities will 
be presenting the 
paper "Empowered 
Daughters, Incompetent Mothers: 
Mother/Daughter Relationships at 
the Movies," at the 2007 Popular 
Culture/American Culture Conference 
in Boston in April. 

Suzanne S. Reilly, 

Senior Lecturer in 
the Department 
of Humanities, 
reports that her 
book, "Red Tide 
in Winter" is now 
available at Lasell's Brennan Library. The 
book chronicled the last year of life of 
her 12-year-old niece, who lived that last 
year in a hospital bed, "traveling 
the world" through art. With art as 
her roadmap. "she learned about family 
loyalty, universal truths and famous 
paintings," says Suzanne, who recently 
had her first book signing in her home 
town of Falmouth, MA. In addition to 
teaching at Lasell, Suzanne works with 
Japanese students, guiding them 
through American art and culture at 
the Showa Boston Language Institute 
in Jamaica Plain. 

Linda Williams 

has joined Lasell 
as Assistant to the 
Director of Plant 
Operations and 
Public Safety. 
A recent Lasell 
graduate (December 2006 with a 
major in Sports Management), she 
has worked for Plant Operations on 
and off during the past few years. As 
a result, Linda brings with her a wealth 
of knowledge about the campus and the 
ins and outs of work orders, set ups and 
the many other administrative activities 
of the department. * 

22 Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2007 

CampUS Update 

Cultural Differences and Advance Care Planning 

Master's Graduate's Capstone Project Used as a 
Building Block by Evercare Health Care 

In an organization that is dedicated 
to the care of the chronically frail elder, 
it is vitally important that cultural 
differences are recognized and that 
healthcare providers are trained to deal 
with these differences," says Lasell 
Master's graduate Kathryn Maguire '06. 
"All cultures have their own practices 
and beliefs regarding death and dying 
and clinicians need to both learn about 
and respect them." 

Kathryn is currentiy the Director of 
End Stage Renal Disease at Evercare, 
a company that provides health plan 
coverage, programs, and services for 
the elderly. While pursuing her 
advanced degree at Lasell, she was 
Director of Health Services for Evercare 
Community Programs and started the 
Senior Care Options program for low 
income frail elders in the community. 
"I was able to transfer the research 
that I did for my capstone project to 
the work place," she says, "and Evercare 
was willing to initiate programs that I 
and others recommended based on the 
outcome of my studies. 

"I found that what was needed was a 
culturally appropriate staff, in order to 
insure quality of care in the community 
and to be able to meet the needs of 
the enrollees. If the staff and processes 
are not culturally sensitive, then the 
program will not work." 

One in every four Boston residents was 
born outside of the United States, and 
there are 57 languages spoken in the 
city, so diversity is something that any 
program needs to take into account. 
When Kathryn started the Senior Care 
Options program as the Health Services 
Director, "I was stunned to see how 
many Latinos were joining," she recalls, 
"and I knew we had to take steps to 
serve them." Evercare needed to hire 
two Spanish speaking nurses to work 
with this population and provide the 
enrollees with the same level of care 
management that English speaking 
enrollees receive. 

"For a large portion of Latinos, it is not 
easily accepted to discuss the topic of 
death and dying," explains Kathryn, 
"which makes the clinician's job very 
difficult. Some Latinos feel that by talk- 
ing about death, they might actually 
bring it on. Furthermore, they would be 
reticent to sign a living will as they feel 
that their children will know what to do. 

"Making the situation even more diffi- 
cult is the fact that within the Latino 
population, there are many different 
sub-cultures and some may think that 
discussing death and dying with a nurse 
is what they want to do. Clinicians need 
to be able to respond to all the nuances 
that accompany these varied back- 
grounds and they have to be ready to 

think outside of the box. The important 
lesson is not to generalize!" 

Evercare' s community program also 
deals with large Russian and Asian pop- 
ulations. "Some Russian elders do not 
feel that there's any need for discussion 
because they don't feel that death is 
imminent. Asian elders, in some cases, 
take pride in discussing the dying 
process because they feel that it is an 
important part of their journey," 
explains Kathryn. 

Besides hiring staff from different 
populations, Kathryn also worked with 
Evercare to develop a mandatory online 
program to educate staff on cultural 
differences. Additionally, the company 
made 2006 the Year of Diversity, and 
employees were given cultural calendars 
to make them aware of the many holi- 
days that are celebrated each month by 
different cultures. 

"As I was doing research for my Lasell 
capstone paper, I spoke to directors of 
healthcare facilities from many other 
states," recalls Kathryn. "I was pleased 
to be able to share my work with them 
and I was delighted when Evercare 
developed its online program and asked 
for my input. I also initiated 'Cultural 
Corner' at my staff meetings where 
employees can share and learn 
from their peers. It is out of the box 

Kathryn Maguire. 

'listening' and it integrates the varied 
experiences of colleagues. It develops 
respect and the acceptance of differ- 
ences. It is exciting, challenging and 
thought provoking and increases the 
level of acceptance for individuals with- 
in the care management group." '<£ 

IT Staff at the Ready 

"I Got Net" 

Vr hen freshmen first arrive on cam- 
pus they can be overwhelmed by all they 
have to learn. One of the things that is 
on the top of their list is "How do I get 
connected to the network?" 

"That's where IT comes in," says Chief 
Information Officer Deborah Gelch. 
"During the move-in period we are 
there to go to all the dorms and help 
the new students with their computers. 
We also want them to get to know our 
faces so that they will feel free to ask 
questions that may come up as the 
semester progresses." *>' 


IT staff and faculty members wear their identifying "I Got Net" tee shirts. 

Spring 2007 

Lasell Leaves 2 3 

CampUS Update 

New Strategic Partnership 

Certificate Program Offered Onsite at May Institute 

Antonia Fiddner, current Lasell Master's 
candidate and May Institute employee. 

This spring, Lasell Graduate and 
Professional Studies and May Institute 
are teaming up for a first-of-its kind 
offering: a certificate program designed 
specifically for May employees offered 
onsite at the company's Randolph 
headquarters. May Institute is a national 
nonprofit organization that provides 
educational, rehabilitative and behav- 
ioral healthcare services to children 

and adults, as well as training and 
consultation services to professionals, 
organizations and public school 
systems. The five-course graduate 
certificate in human services adminis- 
tration will begin this spring with 
courses taught by both Lasell graduate 
faculty and May executives. 

"The certificate is designed to provide 
May employees with valuable, skill- 
based experience," explains Michelle 
Brasier, who provides administrative 
direction for May Institute's college 
and university relations. "Through the 
sequence of courses, students will work 
on projects and conduct research appli- 
cable to the challenges they face in the 
workplace as they provide support to 
individuals with disabilities in a wide 
variety of settings. Best of all," she 
continues, "for interested employees, 
the certificate will transfer directly 
into Lasell's Masters of Science in 
Management Program." 

Antonia Fiddner, current Lasell M.S. 
candidate and May's quality improve- 
ment manager, is excited about the new 
offering. "May is strongly focused on 
continuing education," says Fiddner. 

"I think the on-site program is terrific. 
The courses I've taken at Lasell so far 
have been very worker-friendly, and 
I'm learning things I can take directly 
back to my job." Though Fiddner has 
already taken the first course being 
offered as part of this certificate 
program, "Fundamentals of Executive 
Management," she is enthusiastic 
about the possibility of enrolling in 
other sessions. 

"We see this as a real value-add for 
employees," notes Brasier. "We're 
able to offer classes to our staff at a 
discounted rate, they're able to use 
their tuition reimbursement benefit, 
and May Institute expands its pool of 
staff with advanced training." 

The program is also a big plus for 
Lasell, according to Mark Sciegaj, 
director of the graduate program. 
"Strategic partnerships like the one 
with May are win-win-win. They con- 
nect us with the community, engage 
us with employers and adult students, 
and allow us to continue to grow our 
Master's level options. At Lasell, the 
underlying spirit is entrepreneurial. 
Through this partnership with May, 

we're able to offer an innovative pro- 
gram that gives their employees the 
opportunity to advance themselves and 
develop a particular and valuable set of 
skills. We're really excited about this." * 

Students in the Jive-course human services 
administration certificate program. 

Three Lasell Degrees 

Graduate Student Tracy Nigro '92 Comes Back for More 

Tracy Nigro '92. 

The buildings seemed bigger then," 
laughs Tracy Nigro, who first stepped 
on Lasell's campus as an undergraduate 
in 1986, "but it's still the same 
caring environment." Tracy earned 
her Associates degree in Fashion 
Merchandising in 1988, her Bachelors 

degree in Travel and Tourism in 1992, 
and, in 2006, began her Master of 
Science in Management with a concen- 
tration in Elder Care Administration. 

"As an undergraduate, I had no clue 
what I wanted to do," Tracy admits. 
"I was all over the map! But I don't 
regret any of my degrees. They've all 
helped me along the way." After a 
pause she adds lightly, "In my office, 
my colleagues ask me for fashion 
advice. And, I plan great trips!" 

While working in the Finance 
Department at Harvard Pilgrim 
Health Care. Tracy, who "always 
needs to be challenged," decided 
she wanted to more fully explore one 
aspect of the health care industry: 
elder care. 

"Between working for a health care 
company and visiting my grandfather 
in a nursing home, I'd been thinking 
a lot about the opportunity to make a 
difference in the elder care field," she 
explains. "With the baby boomers 

nearing retirement the field is growing 
a lot, but nowadays you can't be compet- 
itive without a Master's degree." Tracy 
is transitioning to a sales executive 
position for First Seniority Freedom, 
a medicare advantage private fee-for- 
service health plan from Harvard 
Pilgrim. Her decision to pursue a 
Master's in Elder Care Administration 
and Marketing will help her in her 
chosen field. 

Why did she choose her old college 
stomping grounds? "It was too simple 
not to! I kept getting the pamphlet 
about Lasell's graduate program and 
thinking, 'maybe someday,' but one 
day I finally decided to pick up the 
phone. After speaking with Director 
of Graduate Admission Adrienne 
Franciosi, I knew Lasell had the right 
program for my interests." 

After her twelve year hiatus, Tracy is 
back in the classroom... the virtual class- 
room, that is. Though she was nervous 
about being a student again, and wor- 
ried that she would be "in cyber world 

all by myself", she quickly adjusted to 
the online format and the workload. 
"I love it! It's addictive, really. I want to 
check every day to see who's responded 
to my postings. And, I can go to my 
professor's virtual office hours any time 
with questions or comments." 

And as for the material itself? Tracy is 
amazed at how much she's learned 
already. "It's nice to be in the loop! I feel 
more alert at work because I can really 
relate to what's going on in my office." 
Harvard Pilgrim offers lectures on 
elder care issues, and Tracy is happy 
to be able to "share my perspectives 
on topics, based on the reading and 
discussions in class." 

"I have a history here," says Tracy 
with satisfaction. "It's great to be 
back at Lasell, and it feels terrific to 
be challenged again. Really, I should 
have done this a long time ago." * 

2 A Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2007 

CampUS Update 

Mexico Made Closer 

Fulbright Scholar Teresa Romero on Campus for Fall 

Professor Teresa Romero. 

The ties between Lasell and the 
University of Veracruz, Mexico, 
Language Center in Orizaba became 
closer this fall when Foreign Language 
Professor Helen Alcala and Professor 
Teresa Romero applied for the 
Fulbright Teacher Exchange program. 
"I'm here because she's there," says 
Professor Romero when explaining 

this cross-cultural, educational award 
that brought her to Newton and sent 
Professor Alcala to Orizaba. 

"I met Helen when she came to the 
Language Center in Orizaba in 2001 
after being awarded her first Fulbright 
award. I was her mentor teacher, in 
charge of orienting her, and we 
immediately became friends." 

Teresa Romero is also a key project 
coordinator for Lasell's Mexico 
Shoulder to Shoulder international 
service-learning exchange, a program 
which takes Lasell students to Mexico 
each January where they learn about 
Mexican history, culture, and the 
global economy through hands-on 
service in poor communities. 

Professor Romero received her degree 
in English from the University of 
Veracruz and began teaching English 
at the Orizaba Language Center in 1993. 
"The university system in Mexico is 
large and complex," she explains. "Each 
of the regions has a language center 
and, in Orizaba, Japanese, French, 

English and German are offered. In 
order to receive a degree, students 
must take two courses in English and, 
at the moment, Helen is teaching three 
courses there." 

This fall, Professor Romero taught 
three beginning and intermediate 
Spanish courses at Lasell, giving her 
students an opportunity to practice 
their language skills with a native 
speaker. "I have found there is a lot 
of sharing on this campus," she says. 
"In Mexico, the students don't live on 
campus. Lasell's small campus size 
and the fact that students can attend 
organized events makes for a much 
more personal feeling." 

As Lasell began developing Mexico 
Shoulder to Shoulder, Professor Romero 
found herself being drawn in. "I wasn't 
involved the first year the students came 
down," she recalls, "but I found myself 
becoming drawn in little by little. 
Initially I offered to help with some 
of the arrangements and organized a 
party for the home-stay families and 
the students. 

"Now I devote my time to finding fami- 
lies for the home-stay visits. Being with 
a family for four days gives a personal 
feeling to their time in Orizaba. They 
are shown the nooks and crannies of 
the town and everyone gets to practice 
their language skills." 

"Though she is tremendously understat- 
ed about her role, Professor Romero is 
a mainstay of the Mexico Shoulder to 
Shoulder international service-learning 
exchange," says Professor Stephanie 
Athey who leads the trip with Professor 
Alcala (see story p. n). "Teresa Romero 
has initiated and maintained relation- 
ships with two work sites in the Orizaba 
area, an orphanage for young boys, and 
an indigenous community in the town 
of Altlahuilco." 

When the Lasell group arrives in 
Orizaba in January, Professor Romero 
will be there to greet them. "I look 
forward to showing them my 
hometown and to making their 
stay something memorable." W 

All in the Family 

Three McCahs are Lasell Students 

It all started with Sherilyn," says 
her sister Kimberly McGah '08. "She 
talked so enthusiastically about Lasell 
that before we knew it, we were all 
students here." 

Sherilyn graduated in 2006 as a 
Fashion and Retail Merchandising 
major and was one of the first to be 
a "blended" student, taking two gradu- 
ate courses the last semester of her 
senior year. She is now in the graduate 
Management/Marketing program and 
will be receiving her Master's degree 
in May. 

Cheryl was investigating graduate 
schools and called Lasell on the advice 
of Sherilyn. "She said, 'Check in with 
Lasell.' I spoke with Director of 
Graduate Admission Adrienne Franciosi 
on Friday and started the following 
Wednesday," she laughs. 

" I have taken regular and hybrid 
courses and having the option is 
wonderful for my time management. 
I work at Mass General/West as a 
nurse in the orthopedic surgical center 
recovery room and, of course, I have 
family commitments." 

Kim is a Hospitality and Event 
Management major. "Because of 
Sherilyn, I transferred to Lasell from 
North Shore Community College. 
I want to be an event planner and my 
major is giving me excellent training. 
I've been running themed birthday 
parties since my junior year in high 
school, so I've always known the 
direction I was headed in." 

If three immediate family members 
isn't enough, cousin Amy McHale '09 
is at Lasell as a Fashion and Retail 
Merchandising major. The more 
the merrier. '¥ 

(Left to Right) Graduate students Sherilyn and Cheryl McGah and undergraduate Kimberly 
McGah '08 make quite the Lasell team. 

Spring 2007 

Lasell Leaves 2 5 

Annual Fund 

Message from Michelle Walmsley: 

Director of Annual Giving 

Annual Fund Office 

1844 Commonwealth Ave. 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2165 
Fax: (617) 243-2383 

It has been a great start for Michelle 
Powers, assistant director of Annual 
Giving and myself here at Lasell. We 
have seen your love and connection to 
the College with each phone call, note 
you have sent in, or your attendance at 
a Lasell event. The Annual Fund is 
flourishing and your support this year 
has been fantastic! 

*/ First time donors to Lasell this 
year have increased by 28 percent, 
supporting the Annual Fund with 
over $25,000 at press time. 

>/ Our annual donors have truly 
demonstrated their support of the 
College this year. We have seen your 
support double from this time last 
year, with over $101,000 of increased 
gifts to date. 

*/ This year's Reunion Classes, those 
ending in a '2' or '7,' have raised 
over $43,000 to date in honor of 
their upcoming Reunions in May. 
The hope is to raise $71,000 for 
Lasell this year from Reunion Class 
donors, and you are 61 percent there! 

This support has come from Lasell 
alumni, parents and friends alike, 
and because of you we have these 
impressive statistics. 

It does not stop here; the need for 
additional support continues! 

Enclosed in this issue of leaves is a 
gift reply envelope — all it needs is your 
gift and a stamp! You can designate 
your gift to support Lasell's greatest 
needs, Academic Programs, Athletics, 
Buildings & Grounds, Brennan Library 
or Student Financial Aid. 

If you prefer to make an online 
gift, log on to our secure server at 
and make your gift TODAY! Remember 
matching gifts or gifts of stock are 
greatly appreciated and easy to arrange. 

Contact me directly with any questions 
at (6i7)-243-2i65. 

I look forward to sharing the Annual 
Fund's 2006/2007 complete successes 
with you in the fall issue of Leaves. 
Thank you, on behalf of everyone at 
Lasell for your support today, tomorrow, 
and in the future. 

Michelle Walmsley J 

Director of Annual Giving 

Class Gift 

In the midst of their last semester of 
college and preparing themselves for 
graduate school or employment after 
college, Lasell seniors are hard at work 
raising money for the Senior Class 
Gift Fund. The Senior Class Gift is 
given annually to Lasell College from its 
graduating seniors. This gift represents 
the legacy that the students are leaving 
to their alma mater as they exit the 
college as young adults ready for the 
work world. 

This year, the students have chosen to 
make their Senior Class Gift in memory 
of Kevin Flaherty, who passed away 
on September 23, 2006. All 2007 
graduates have been asked to donate 
$20.07 as a symbolic gift to Lasell 
College. Money raised by the seniors 
will go toward a fund in Kevin's name 
to support the education of future 
Lasell students. 

Senior class participation will help 
the Senior Class Gift secure a high 
participation rate to demonstrate the 
enthusiasm that Lasell seniors have 
for their college experience. 

To make your gift or a gift in the 
name of your Lasell Senior visit 
or contact Michelle Powers, assistant 
director of Annual Giving at 

October Recognition Dinner 

A Trip Back in Time 

■ he Robert Treat Paine Estate known 
as "Stonehurst" was the setting for the 
October 2006 Lasell College annual 
donor recognition dinner. The 
beautiful 109-acre property in Waltham, 
designed in 1883 by Henry Hobson 
Richardson and Frederick Law 
Olmstead, inspired the theme for this 
year's event which was "An Adventure 
Through Literature: The Lasell Years." 

The "Great Hall and Summer Parlor" 
where the cocktail reception and dinner 
were held were bedecked with the most 
beautiful hand-carved woodwork, 
including the magnificent hand-turned 
and carved staircase and what seemed 
like miles of built in bookcases filled 
with antique volumes of books. That is 
what inspired the "literature" theme and 
it was carried out in a very creative way. 

Three Lasell students were asked to 
do a reading from a poet or author 
from the late 1800s. Communications 
major Desiree Milner-McKay '09, 
Kevin Lang '08 a Business and 
Marketing major, and Psychology 
major Hafsa Lewis '08 participated in 
the event. All three presentations were 
delivered beautifully. The students then 
joined alumni and friends of Lasell for 
dinner and conversation. 

The menu, true to a meal that might 
have been served in the 1880s, was 

... , M. .Js 





(L to R) Hafsa Lewis '08, Desiree Milner-McKay '09 and Kevin Lang '08 each 
gave presentations. 

printed along with what the meal would 
have cost at the time that the Paines 
lived in the house — smoked salmon 
and smoked trout, roast Cornish game 
hen with chestnut dressing, and pump- 
kin cheesecake with cinnamon whipped 
cream — all for 53 cents. 

Chairman of the Board Erik Stapper 
recognized Chairman's Council level 
donors and members of the Heritage 
Society who were in attendance. And 
President de Witt presided over the 
"virtual" dedication of Butterworth Hall, 

named in memory of Evelyn Suor 
Butterworth '27, who bequeathed 
$5 million to Lasell upon her death 
in January of 2006 at the age of 99. 
Ruth Shuman, dean for Institutional 
Advancement, also recognized Tom 
de Witt by announcing the amount 
of money that has been raised during 
his almost 19-year tenure. The total 
in October was $39, 092,234.28. 
"Not bad," said Dean Shuman, "for a 
President who said he didn't want to 
raise money when he took the job!" » 


Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2007 

Message from Karen Gill, 
Director of Alumni Relations 

Volunteer Reunion Coordinators 

Office of Alumni Relations 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 
fax (617) 243-2383 

Dear Alums: 

That first glimmer of spring is in the 
air and that can only mean that 
Reunion is soon to follow. Lots of prepa- 
ration goes into the weekend activities 
and we have to make it all happen 
whether there are 30 people who attend 
or 300. So on behalf of our department, 
we vote for the 300+ to attend! It's so 
much more fun with lots of people! The 
laughter can be heard all over campus. 

So pick up your phone, or cell phone, or 
Blackberry, or send an email, or go to 
MySpace, or Facebook, or create a web 
site (there are so many more choices 
now than ever before) and get in contact 
with your friends and classmates and 
come together on campus for Reunion. 
We hope to see you all there! 


Thanks, Karen Gill 

Lasell Alumni, Inc. 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 
fax (617) 243-2383 

Lasell Alumni 
Online Community 

Stay connected with 
your friends and class- 
mates... Network for your 
career.. .Attend seminars 
and keep on learning... 

Message from the President 
of the Board of Management 

Vf ell, here it is — my final letter as the 
President of the Board of Management. 

The past four years have been filled with 
excitement, frustration, challenges and 
most importantly, fun. When I graduated 
from Lasell 10 years ago, I had a saying on 
my graduation cap — TTFN. For any of 
you Winnie the Pooh fans out there, you 
know this is Tigger's mantra meaning Ta 
Ta For Now' I knew when I left Lasell it 
wouldn't be for long; that I would be back 
in some fashion. Well, I can honestly say I 
found that with the Board of Management. 

Being a member of the Board allows me 
the opportunity to stay connected to facul- 
ty, staff and administrators, to interact with 
fellow alums, to participate in student 
events and, most importantly, to give back 
to the institution that gave so much to me 
as an undergrad. That opportunity was 
further enhanced when I took on what I 
considered the daunting task of President. 
After leading the Board in a new, more 
engaged direction and making some con- 
siderable changes, I made the decision 
that if s someone else's turn. At the time 
I'm writing this letter, the next President 
has not been chosen. But I'm confident 
that the Board will choose, and the 
Alumni will accept, a capable leader — 
one who will continue to challenge the 
members and grow our membership. 

If you are looking for a way to give back 
to Lasell and be more involved, I urge 
you to consider joining the Board of 
Management. If that seems too much 
of a time commitment, attend an alumni 
event with a friend. Reconnecting 
with Lasell for even one day will make 
such a difference. 

Patti Beck Bishop, Class of '97 

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About 35 alumni athletes returned to campus this fall for the alumni athletes' games. After a stren- 
uous workout, all were ready for the snacks and refreshments that were served at the reception. 

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Past Events 

Brunch and chat took place before the play "Hairspray" at the North Shore Music Theatre 
in November. 

Lasell alumni fans meet at Bertucci's before the Red Sox game this September. 

Evelyn Murphy, former Lt. Governor of 
Massachusetts, presented a seminar to 
alumni on "Getting Even" in conjunction 
with Dean Ruth Shuman's take on 
"Effective Salary Negotiation. " The 
program focused on gender inequality in 
the work place and was sponsored by 
Citizens Bank through the contact of 
Trustee Michael Maggiacomo. 

The "Life After Lasell" evening was spon- 
sored by the Board of Overseers. Seniors 
were invited to hear Melissa Sweet talk 
about how to craft a budget; repay col- 
lege loans; car loans; health insurance; 
how to invest; and controlling expenses. 
Overseer representatives present were 
Joan Conradi McLaughlin '59 and 
Heidi Watkins Helwig 'g6. 

The alumni canoe was victorious in the River Day competition against Woodland Hall 
in October. 

Barbara McAlary Kashar '60 hosted a "Farewell to Tom de Witt" gathering in her home in 
Sandwich on Cape Cod in September. Many of her classmates attended as well. 

Tom de Witt continued his "Farewell Tour" in November and stopped by the Town and 
County Club in Hartford, CT. 


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"Florida Farewell Tour" 

Also on the tour was Dr. Janice Barrett, Chair of the Communication Department at 
Lasell, who presented "Careers in Media Capture Lasell Student Interest." 

In Palm Beach, the hosts were Adolfo and 
Bizabeth Cheswick Garcia '68. The 
youngest member of Tom's fan club was Kate 
Jiggins, daughter of Sage Stone Jiggins 'g6. 

At the Longboat Key event which was 
hosted by Jim and Bobbie Trout Krohn '52 
in their home, Terry Bergeron Hoyt '45 
posed with a silent alum. 

Bubbles Davenport Weidmann '48 hosted the Aventura event in her home. 

Chet and Kate Lasell were hosts in their Vero Beach home. 

The Delray Beach Club gathering was hosted by Robert and Annette Willock Becker '65. 

Tarpon Springs was hosted by Tom and Joanne Monahan Garrity '51 in their home. 

The Club at Pelican Bay was the site for the Naples event, hosted by Dwight and Jo-Ann 
Vojir Massey '53. 

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Major Gifts and Planned Giving 

"Wish List" of Funding Priorities 

As another successful academic year comes to a close, so does the push to encour- 
age our alumni and friends to not only support the Annual Fund, but consider more 
major support for specific projects and areas at Lasell. It is clear to all of us that 
Lasell has now arrived — larger student body, expanded physical plant, cutting-edge 
programs, and exciting connected learning opportunities. In order for us to remain 
state-of-the-art and exemplary, we must continue raising major gifts for priorities in 
each area of the College. Below is a "wish list" of funding opportunities that we hope 
you will consider when making philanthropic decisions this year: 

Naming Opportunities' 

Athletic Center 

Graduate Management Program 

Records room for Registrar and Financial Aid 

Classroom upgrades (including furnishings and technology) 

Weight room in the Edwards Student Center 

Student organization offices in the Campus Center 

* Call Ruth Shuman at 617/243-2140 for details. 

Please remember that these initiatives can be funded through outright gifts of cash 
or appreciated securities. Those entries that are annual expenses can also be funded 
through an endowment gift. Gifts over $5,000 can be paid out over several years 
if necessary. 

For more information on this "wish list", please contact me at 617-243-2140 or We wholeheartedly thank you, who have supported Lasell in 
a major way, and for those who are still wondering how to help, we hope this list 
provides much "food for thought!" 

Scholarship funding for undergraduate and graduate tuition, 
and study abroad programs 


Academic Achievement Center/Academic Computing fund for 
support of workshops, small equipment, peer training 

$25,000 per year 

Endowed teaching fellowship program 

$20,000 per year 

Renovation of Crosby's (the commuter lounge) 


Coffeehouse series of acoustic performers for the student center 

$10,000 per year 

Lounge furniture for residential buildings $8,000 per building 

Faculty Scholar(s) in Service Learning; annual professional 
development support 

$8,000 per year 

Computers for the Barn classrooms 


Poster printer for student activities, residential life, career services 


Diversity training for Residential Life staff 

$5,000 per year 

Distinguished speaker series on the media 


International service learning programs 


Program underwriting for African-American History Month, 
and Women's History Month 


Rockwell fitness program (large motor skills) 


Rockwell weekly Spanish program 


Decorative artwork for public spaces in the Edwards Student Cente 


Planned Giving 

Bequests: Leaving a Legacy 

Vf e are pleased to continue our series 
of bequest donor profiles in this edition 
of Leaves. These thoughtful individuals 
chose to support Lasell by making a 
provision in their will or trust to 
support the College at their death. 
Each loved their alma mater and 
believed in its future. We are grateful 
for their foresight and generosity. 

Together, our featured donors 
bequeathed $532,258 to Lasell. 
We hope they inspire you to consider 
bequest support as part of your 
philanthropic planning. For more 
information or to request a bequest 
language handout, please call or 

Norma Booth 
DuVally '40 was 
like many dedicated 
alumni, a consistent 
$25 donor to the 
Annual Fund. 
During her lifetime, 
Norma established a Charitable 
Remainder Trust naming Lasell College 
as beneficiary. In 2004, at age 84, she 
passed away and Lasell was recently 
notified that $500,000 was set aside in 
a trust fund, to be known as the "Norma 
Booth DuVally Memorial Fund," the 
income of which shall be paid annually 
to Lasell College to be used for its 
general purposes. Norma owned a 
women's clothing boutique called 
"Arline Booth" (named for her mother) 
in Portsmouth, Rhode Island for 49 
years. She retired in 1989. In the 1940 
yearbook "The Lamp" Norma was 
described as follows: "blonde hair, 

brown eyes, a rare combination; she can 
skillfully meet any situation." In addi- 
tion to being on the Lamp staff, she was 
in the swimming club, a member of the 
crew team, and a member of both the 
French Club and the Golf Club. 

_^^^^^mm^ If there is one name 
that is almost syn- 
onymous with the 
name Lasell, it is 
the name Winslow. 

^Guy Winslow led 
Lasell College for 
39 years, first as Principal and then as 
President. Guy Winslow and his wife 
Clara Austin had four children: Richard, 
Marjorie, Donald and Priscilla. Priscilla 
Winslow graduated in the Class of 
1935. She also attended kindergarten at 
Woodland Park. Priscilla later worked 
in the Registrar's Office, and still later 
was alumnae secretary for nine years. 

In "The Lamp" in 1935, next to Priscilla's 
graduation photo it said, "a quiet mod- 
esty which most becomes a woman." 
While a student at Lasell, she was 
vice-president of the German Club, 
an Orphean singer, business manager 
and leader of the orchestra, and she 
played tennis and hockey. Priscilla was 
a proud alumna of Lasell and in her 
will she bequeathed 25 percent of her 
estate to the College. In July of 2005, 
Priscilla passed away at the age of 89 
and this past October Lasell received 
her bequest of $32,258. On October 16, 
2006 a memorial service was held 
for Priscilla in the Yamawaki Art and 
Cultural Center. Her legacy, and that 
of the entire Winslow family, is and 
always will be part of the history of 
this institution. * 


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Lasers Leave Mark on NAC as They Prepare for GNAC 

Message from the Athletic Director 

Office of Athletics 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2147 
fax (617) 243-2037 

The Lasell College Lasers are competing 
in their last season in the North Atlantic 
Conference as Lasell prepares to move 
into the Great Northeast Athletic 
Conference next year. The Lasers have 
always been competitive in the NAC and 
Lasell student-athletes and coaches have 
been recognized highly by the conference. 

The men's soccer team dominated the 
NAC this year, going undefeated in the 
regular season and winning the NAC 
championship in November. Five players 
were named First Team All-Conference 
players and Coach Pacini was named 
NAC Coach of the Year for the second 
time in his career. 

The women's volleyball team finished 
in second place this year in regular 
season play, losing only one conference 
match all season. The women were 
also the runners up in the conference 

championship. Two Lasers were named 
First Team All-Conference in 2007. 

The field hockey team had two players 
named First Team All-Conference and 
Head Coach Jessica King was named 
the 2007 NAC Coach of the Year. 
Men's and Women's Cross Country 
each placed one runner on the First 
All-Conference Team as well. 

The men's basketball team finished 
second in regular season play in their 
division and fell to eventual champion 
Elms College in the NAC semi-finals 
this winter. Lasell's Jamie Crawford was 
named NAC Player of the Year and his 
teammate Jose Guitian was named to 
the First Team All-Conference. 

The women's softball team is just 
beginning their 2007 season, but they 

are looking to compete for the NAC 
Championship in May. 

Traditionally, Lasell has placed teams in 
all of the NAC sponsored champi- 
onships and overall, 80% of the teams 
have advanced to the final four in each 
sport sponsored. Over the years, we 
have also had six NAC Coaches of the 
Year; five Players of the Year and three 
Rookies of the Year. Looking ahead to 
2007-2008 and beyond, the Lasers will 
look to make their mark in the Great 
Northeast Athletic Conference and to 
accomplish new goals and records. 


Kristy Walter 
Athletic Director 

Men's Basketball 

Overall Record: 16-12 
Conference Record: 11-3 

Por the second time, the Lasers 
participated in the post-season ECAC 
Tournament, earning a number five 
seed. This capped a year that had taken 
them to the NAC quarterfinal, where 
they met Elms College, the eventual 

Jamie Crawford '08 was honored as the 
NAC Player of the Year. He was the only 
player to repeat first team selection on 
the year's All-Conference First Team. 
He was joined on this team by Jose 
Guitian '09. Earlier in the season, 
Crawford netted his 1000th point in a 
game against Thomas College. 

Junior point guard Dwayne Powell 
broke the single season assists record, 
finishing with 151, which ranked him 
second all-time in assists at Lasell. 

The team will not be losing any players 
and they are looking to make an impact 
in the GNAC next year. ¥ 

Jose Guitian 'og prepares to pass. 

Women's Basketball 

Overall Record: 13-13 
Conference Record: 10-8 

The women finished the regular sea- 
son in second place in the NAC West 
Division. They advanced to the NAC 
quarterfinals, hosting the number three 
seed in the East Division, Husson 
College. The Husson Hawks started 
with a blistering pace, netting 10 of the 

first 14 points. The Lasers fought their 
way back but never could gain the lead. 

Seniors Courtney Casserly and Justine 
Hill broke Lasell's scoring and assist 
records respectively and Casserly earned 
a spot on the NAC Second Team, 
averaging 16.6 points per game. She 
finished the season with 1,244 points, 
a new Lasell College record. Lauren 

Picozzi '08 led the team in rebounds 
with 151 and fellow junior Christina 
DeLuca also had a solid year, playing all 
26 games and averaging 8.8 points. 

The women will return a strong core of 
players for the 2007-2008 season. 1' 

Justine Hill 'oj moves past her opponent. 

Field Hockey 

Overall Record: 7-12 
Conference Record: 4-4 

The Lasers finished their season in 
dramatic fashion as they qualified for 
the NAC post-season tournament for 
the seventh consecutive year. The 
women defeated Castleton State College 
2-1 and advanced to the semi-finals 

against the University of Maine at 
Farmington, a tough team that denied 
Lasell a victory. 

Five players were recognized by the 
NAC for their accomplishments. Jackie 
Motyl '07 and Rachael Johnson '08 
were named to the All-NAC First Team 
and Nicole Bryant '07 was named to the 

All-NAC Second team. Nora Harrington 
'07 and Laura Gallagher '08 were both 
named to the Honorable Mention Team. 

Lasers Head Coach Jessica King was 
named NAC Co-Coach of the year 
and she is looking forward to another 
competitive season in the fall. * 

Justine Langdon '07 fights for the ball. 

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Cross Country 

Both the men's and women's teams 
met with success this year. The men's 
team placed second in the windswept 
NAC Championship Meet and Andrew 
Gundlach '08, Greg Lauranzano '07 and 
Chris Johnson '09 were all named to 
the NAC All-Conference Second Team. 

In the Women's Cross Country 
Championship, Kayla McKenna '09 
placed fifth and was named to the NAC 

All-Conference First Team. Her excel- 
lent time helped her team finish fourth. 

Under Head Coach Larry Sullivan, both 
teams are looking forward to next fall. '•>' 

Andrew Gundlach '08 shows his speed. 

Kayla McKenna 'og finds her rhythm. 

Men's Volleyball 

Overall Record: 12-16 
Conference Record: 4-8 

It was a good year for the men's team, 
starting with their home opener against 
eleventh ranked MIT. After a slow start, 
they came back and almost sent the 
match to a fifth and deciding game. 
From there they went on to sweep two 

matches in Vermont, took second place 
in the Bard College Tournament, and 
defeated Wentworth in five games. 

Seniors Bryan Bobo, Dwayne Cartagena, 
and Scott Penna were honored at senior 
night in the Laserdome. Cartagena is 
currently the College record holder in 
kills, finishing his career with 761. Bobo 

had a record 2,658 assists over his four 
year career and Penna had career totals 
of 73 blocks, 597 digs, and 366 kills. 

They will be missed next season, 
but the team is looking forward to 
a successful 2008. '^ 

Seniors Bryan Bobo and Dwayne 
Cartegena are a strong force on the team. 

Women's Volleyball 

Overall Record: 20-14 
Conference Record: 9-1 

For the fifth year in a row, the 
Lasers earned a spot in the NAC 
Championships, facing perennial rival 
Mount Ida College. The match was a 
battle from start to finish and the young 
Laser team (seven freshmen, three 
sophomores) played hard but unfortu- 
nately lost in five games. 

Senior Angele Lavoie led the team 
offensively and is the Lasell leader in 
kills with 1,392. She was ably assisted by 
Katelyn Rasich '08 who is the College 
career leader in assists with 2,808. 
Amanda Major '10 broke the single 
season record in digs with 656. 

The future looks bright for the team 
as they will only lose one senior 
to graduation. ¥ 

Angele Lavoie 'oy serves. 

Men's Soccer 

Overall Record: 16-6 
Conference Record: 10-0 

The merf s soccer program earned its 
second trip to the NCAA Division III 
tournament after defeating Elms 
College 2-1 in the NAC Championship. 
This gave the Lasers a perfect 10-0 con- 
ference record and was the first time in 
six years that a NAC team has gone 
undefeated in conference play. 

For their efforts throughout the season, 
five players were named to the All-NAC 
First Team, including Andy Roch '07, 
Brian Whelan '08, Jeff Danso '09, Zach 
Gagne '09 and rookie goalkeeper Julian 
Dutton '10. 

The Lasers look to an exciting 2007 
season as they enter the Great Northeast 
Athletic Conference (GNAC). '¥ 

The men's soccer team celebrates after their 
NAC championship victory. 

Women's Soccer 

Overall Record: 4-14 
Conference Record: 2-8 

The 2006 campaign got off to a 
rough start, with several players 
missing because of injuries. 
However, as the team returned to 

full strength their matches became 
much more competitive. 

Seniors Justine Hill and Shayna Glynn 
led the team in scoring and goalkeeper 
Jamie Remmers '09 was named to the 
NAC Honorable Mention team after 
making 151 saves. '•» 



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